Disclosure Details

Murder investigations - 349/13

Dated: 22 May 2013

Date of request:     25/04/2013

Date of response:   22/05/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 25 April 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: 

Going back to 1990 only - Please disclose full details of the homicide investigations which remain unresolved in the force area.
I would like the information to include, for each relevant year:
The number of murder investigations for which no-one has been charged;
The date of the crime/date on which it was notified to the police;
The nature and circumstances of the crime;
The name and  age of the victim;
Whether it remains under active investigation or not."

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 Crime 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 was retrieved from the  Crime Recording database using the search parameters of all reported Murders and Manslaughter recorded since 01/01/1990 where no person had been charged.

Other forms of homicide have been excluded, i.e death by reckless/dangerous driving etc.

Not included in the search are homicide offences where a person (or persons) had been charged but  where the charge was later withdrawn or where the suspect was acquitted by a court.

Where the circumstances of the crime are already in the public domain we have not provided these to you and by doing so we rely on the following exemption.

As the parts of the information you have requested are accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for those parts of your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

However to assist we have provided links within the table below where appropriate which answers these parts of your request.
Unsolved murders and cases of that importance are never closed and are periodically reviewed, if new information is received or there are new forensic developments these are acted upon

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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