Disclosure Details

Schools - 489/16

Dated: 27 Apr 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 14 April  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:

1. How many children were reported to the force for possession of a weapon at school in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?

2. What weapons were the children found in possession of at school in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?

3. What ages were the children reported to the force for possession of weapons in school in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015?

The above all relate to crimes

 

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 response to this request has been collated by looking at all offence codes relevant to possession of a weapon, where the location of the offence is a school or college.  Any crimes where the suspect was over 18 years has been removed.

With the above in mind please see the below which answers your request in full.

1.

2011 - 8

2012 - 9

2013 - 9

2014 - 13

2015 - 17

2.

Weapon                   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015

Aerosol & Lighter       1           0     0          0         0

Craft knife                 0          1      0          0         0

Knife                         5          5      8          13      15

Razor Blade               0          2      0           0        0

Scissors                    1           0      0          0         1

Sharpener blade        1           0      0          0         0

Stanley Knife            0           1      1          0         0

Knuckleduster           0           0      0          0         1

3.

Age 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

11      0      2      2       2      2

12       0     2      4       4      4

13       2      2     1       3      2

14       2      0     1       0      4

15       1      2      1      3      3

16       3       1     0      1      2

 

 

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.

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.