Late night levy - 762/15
Dated: 15 Sep 2015
Date of request: 17/08/15
Date of response: 08/09/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 17 August 2015 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.
1. Confirmation of the number of alcohol related ASB, offences against the person and sexual offences within Newcastle City Centre (giving figures for each type of offence) for the 12 months ending 31st October 2013.
From experience, offences attract an ‘ alcohol related marker ‘ for a number of reasons – location, offender etc so I’d be grateful for all offences so described.
2. Identical figures for the 12 months beginning 1st November 2013
3. Identical figures from 1st November 2014 to 31st May 2015
4. Of the crimes described in 1,2&3 above, and for each period enquired about, how many of the offences described occurred between midnight and 0500.
5. On average, how many offences ( of any type ) are committed in Newcastle City Centre per day
6. How many recorded incidents of shoplifting occurred in Fenwicks, Northumberland Street between 1st November 2013 and 31st October 2014.
After this department seeking clarity you confirmed that you do mean incidents at point 6 and not recorded crimes.
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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided is based on the number of incidents where the closing code relates to some form of Anti Social Behaviour (ASB), from these we have counted only those which have a qualifier relating to alcohol. Only those crimes which relate to Violence Against the Person (VAP) and Sexual Offences have been counted.
At question 4 we have provided the number of crimes (VAP and Sexual Offences) where the offence time falls between 00:00 and 05:00.
The response to question 6 is based on the number of incidents recorded against Fenwicks (using our street index system) for the period November 2013 and October 2014. Each incident has been viewed to establish if they fell within the time period and relate to shoplifting. These include all incidents which were reported to Northumbria Police regarding suspected shoplifting and actual recorded offences of shoplifting.
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.
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