Disclosure Details

Seized weapons - 178/17

Dated: 21 Mar 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 16 February 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. 

You asked:

Please could you provide all data on how many and what weapons were seized by police from January 2012, up to and including the most recent data you have?

If possible, could you break down the figures into what type of weapons were seized, how many, and geographical location?

If i can request responses be limited to knives or firearms/imitation firearms.


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. 

This request has been answered through searches on property systems for items entered as as Property Other Than Found Property (POFP) between 01/01/12 and 16/03/17. Items searched are knife, air gun, air pistol, air rifle, BB gun, firearm, gun, handgun, pistol, rifle, shotgun and stun gun.  All items entered into the system would have been seized by police for the following catergories: Stolen Property, Forensic Analysis, Suspected Stolen, Used in Crime, Prohibited Article, Counterfeit Currency, Safekeeping, Evidence or Major Incident.  It should not therefore be taken that all such seizures are linked to crimes.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

With the above in mind see the below attached.

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.


FOI 178-17