Drugs - 309/17
Dated: 19 Apr 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 13 March 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.
1. For each year 2014, 15 and 16 please tell me how many deaths have been recorded by police where synthetic cannaboids are thought to have played a part in causing the death.
2. Since it was made a class B drug, how many children aged under 16 have been arrested for possession of synthetic cannaboids?
3. Please provide the age and sex of the youngest child caught in possession of the drug.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
As advised previously this request will be aggregate with your previous request on this subject, FOI 303/17 refers, due to time/cost restrictions.
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 in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. No information held. This could only be determined by a coroner.
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.