Disclosure Details

Squatting - 113/17

Dated: 01 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   January 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:

I would like to know from the period of 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016, answers to the following questions (please provide a breakdown by calendar month where possible.

1.What was the total amount/number of times that police from your force/constabulary were called/requested to handle or deal with squatters in residential and non-residential properties - including separate figures for both types of property?

2. Once the call/request was made, what was the total amount/number of times that the police from your

force/constabulary physically went to the residential or non-residential property in question to handle or deal with the squatters -  including separate figures for both types of property?

3. What was the total amount/number of people that were arrested for squatting in residential and non-residential properties – including separate figures for both types of property?

4. What was the total amount/number of people that received cautions for squatting in residential and on-residential properties – including separate figures for both types of property?

5. What was the total amount/number of people that were charged for squatting in residential and non-residential properties, and of these how many held remand for court, and bailed to court – including separate figures for both types of property?

6. What was the total amount/number of people that were released without ‘charge/no further action taken’ for squatting arrest in residential and non-residential properties – including separate figures for both types of property?

7. What was the total amount/number of ‘Crime Related Incidents CRI)’ recorded involving squatting in residential and non-residential properties? CRI related to incidents such as police assisting bailiffs to remove squatters, criminal damage, burglary, theft, drugs, anti-social behaviour etc. Please provide dates and details where possible. 

 

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 below is based upon searching incidents using keywords on the central database and searching the crime logs for Home Office Code 125/86.

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.

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FOI 113-17