Disclosure Details

Online hate crime - 214/15

Dated: 12 Mar 2015

Date of request:      26/02/15

Date of response:    11/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 26 Febuary 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: 

 1.How many reports did Northumbria Police receive regarding online hate crime in the period 2010-2014?
Specifically relating to the offences:
Section 127 Communications Act and Malicious Communications Act 2003,
Section 18, Public Order Act 1986,
Crime and Disorder Act 1998,
Protection from Harassment Act 1997
Section 16, Offences against the Person Act 1861.
2.Out of these reports, how many were motivated by the victim’s race?
3.Out of these reports, how many were motivated by the victim’s religion?
4.Out of these reports, how many were motivated by the victim’s sexuality?
5.Out of these reports, how many were investigated?

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 Corporarte 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.

This data has been collated by searching the force crime recording system for any offences relating to the acts and sections specifically mentioned in your request. These crimes were then  individually reviewed to establish whether the crime was online; if the crime was motivated by race, religion or sexuality; and if the crime was investigated. This resulted in the below:

1. 11
2. 11
3. 0
4. 0
5. 11 

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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