Offences at schools - 279/17
Dated: 11 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 8 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.
For the financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 to date, please could you provide me with:
The number of each of the following offences:
Threaten with an offensive weapon on school premises
Possession of other offensive weapon on school premises without lawful authority or reasonable excuse
Having article with a blade or point on school premises
Threaten with a blade or sharply pointed article on school premises
In each case, the age of the person found in possession of the offensive weapon, the type of weapon and the outcome of the offence.
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 has been collated by searches for crimes under the following Home Office codes.
008/63 THREATEN WITH OFFENSIVE WEAPON ON SCHOOL PREMISES
008/28 POSSESS OFFENSIVE WEAPON ON SCHOOL PREMISES
008/27 POSSESS KNIFE BLADE OR SHARP POINTED ARTICLE IN SCHOOL
008/62 THREATEN PERSON WITH BLADED INST. ON SCHOOL PREMISES
Each crime was then viewed to establish age of the person, outcome of the offence and type of weapon. The results are as below attached.
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