Door staff - 579/13
Dated: 21 Aug 2013
Date of request: 29/07/2013
Date of response: 21/08/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 29 July 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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How many reported crimes in Newcastle city centre involved bouncers in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
For this question, could you please breakdown the annual figures into crimes committed by bouncers and crimes committed against bouncers?
How many prosecutions involved bouncers (both against and by) in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for crimes committed in Newcastle city centre?
How many cases of drink spiking were reported in Newcastle city centre in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
How many drink spiking related prosecutions were made regarding crimes in Newcastle city centre in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
For questions 3 and 4, could you please breakdown the annual figures into attacks on students and those not on students.
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.
I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided was obtained by searching our recording system for crimes where the victim or offender has an occupation recorded as either "Doorman", "Door staff" or "Door supervisor". Each crime was viewed in order to establish how many had resulted in prosecution. (Either a Charge or Summons)
In response to Q3 & Q4 as you have asked for the number of cases reported, we have provided the total number of incidents recorded, where it is believed an individual has had their drink spiked whilst out socialising in Newcastle city centre.
As a result of viewing these incidents there appears to be no cases where supporting evidence would indicate that a crime had occurred and as such no prosecutions have been made.
Please note, for questions 3 and 4, it is not possible to identify which, if any, incidents relate to students and which relate to non students as that information is not recorded.
4. There have been no 'drink spiking' prosecutions regarding crimes in Newcastle city centre in the specified time period.
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