Disclosure Details

Officer numbers - 645/16

Dated: 15 Jun 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 17 May  2016 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.

You asked:

How many unsolved murders are currently on your files. 

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.

The information provided has been obtained by searching our Crime recording system and information from records prior to computerised crime recording and includes records of forces incorporated into Northumbria Police.

The  below refers to reported murders only where no person has been charged for the offence and does not include offences of manslaughter, child destruction and infanticide. Cases where a person charged with murder has later been acquitted of the offence at court, or the charges were later withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service have not been included.

There are a total of 27 undetected murders recorded in Northumbria Police where no person has been charged from 1919 to the present date.

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.