Disclosure Details

Crime statistics - 086/14

Dated: 12 Feb 2014

Date of request:    22/01/2014

Date of response:  12/02/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 22 January 2014  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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

'The number of violent crimes occurring between 6pm-6am in Newcastle upon Tyne for a sample month (March or April if possible).  I would like this information broken down to street level with postal code as to be accurately mapped and also with times accurate to the nearest hour.  I
would additional like to know all the crimes which have been included as violent crimes.'

 'Newcastle upon Tyne' was clarified as Newcastle city centre. 

In response:

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 Strategy and Performance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Please note to avoid exemptions being applied to withhold, the postcodes, where held, have been removed.

With the above in mind, please see the below attached.

These figures are representative of the general picture in relation to offending patterns in Newcastle City Centre.

The times and location of offences provide the basis for officer deployments.

Violent crime has fallen steadily over recent years and indeed has fallen this year by 9%.

Crime generally in the city centre is extremely low and has again fallen this year by over 12.5% 

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.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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