Disclosure Details

Murders - 042/15

Dated: 10 Feb 2015

Date of request:      13/01/15

Date of response:    09/02/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 13 January 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.

You asked: 

 How many murders did your force investigate in each of the following years: 2012, 2013 & 2014? 

Please provide a break month by month of each year.  
How many of the investigated murders were committed by the following age groups?
Age 14-18
Age 18-21
Age 21+
How many of the murders investigated remained unsolved as of 13.01.2015? 

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. Please note the information provided relates to murder investigations which began within the time period you specified.

1 & 2 

2012 2013 2014
Feb 3 2 2
Mar 1
Apr 2 1
May 2
Jun 1 1 3
Jul 1 1
Sep 5 3
Oct 1
Nov 1 1
Dec 4 5

3. The information below relates to the ages of offenders, there may be more than one offender per crime

14-18  - 4
18-21  - 4
21+     - 40

4. Three remain unsolved.  You should note that 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.  

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.

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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