Disclosure Details

Cannabis farms - 177/17

Dated: 21 Mar 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act'

Thank you for your e mail dated 16 February 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked: 

Please could you provide all data you have from 2010, on how many cannabis farms have been found and destroyed by the force, in residential houses.

If possible, could you breakdown the data by year and also the location in which houses have been found to be growing cannabis


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

The data for financial years 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16 and  up until the end of February 2017 have been collated using the commercial cannabis flag. This flag was not introduced until late 2011/12. The data prior to these dates have been collated by searching on the Home Office Code used at that time.

Property type for each crime has been filtered out to establish only those crimes where cannabis has been found in residential properties.

If the report stated  that the cannabis was for personal use or there were very few plants found, these have not been counted as not classed as cannabis farm.

As the data has been extracted using different methods it should not be used for comparison purposes.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Location       2010    2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   2017

Gateshead     26       17         14      9        8        20       22      0

Newcastle      46       36         22      31      36      32       15       2

North Tyneside 36     18         39      18      21      24       10      0

Northumberland 41    23        16      18       13       9       10      2

South Tyneside 34     28        26      21       20      19      15       2

Sunderland       48     27       22       16       15      13        4      0

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.