Disclosure Details

Foreign Nationals - 003/13

Dated: 28 Jan 2013

Date of request:      02/01/13

Date of response:   24/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 2 January 2013 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: 

I would like to use the Freedom of Information Act to find out how many foreign nationals have been arrested in the UK in the past five years, as described below:

  1. How many foreign nationals (Non-Britons) have been arrested for the following crimes:

    -          Murder
    -          Rape
    -          All sexual offences
    -          All violent offences
    -          Robbery
    -          Burglary
    -          Total crime 

  2. I would like these arrest totals broken down by calendar years 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. 

  3. I would also like a breakdown by nationality.

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 Corporarate 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.

Please note the information contained within this FOI is based on searching for all arrests where the Nationality is not either "English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish" ie a "Foreign National",

See the below attached which answers your request in full.

Please note: In this five year period there were  231,606 crime arrests of British nationals.

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 crime 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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