Supernatural - 843/16
Dated: 26 Aug 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 26 July 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.
1. I would like to request all information relating to 999 calls made to your force between July 2013 and July 2016 (or as close to these dates as possible) that include the keywords 'ghost', 'UFO', 'zombie', 'vampire' and 'supernatural' and
2. as much detail as possible relating to the call i.e time, date and location for each one.
3. I would also like to know to which calls did Police respond to with action.
To clarify at point 1 I am seeking the number of calls. At point 3 by action I am referring to a police officer attending to the property and/or registering the complaint which an external body.
By 'an external body' I mean the church/government/mental health agency.
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 has been collated by searching for all incidents received via the 999 system, where one of the specified keywords appears in the first 3 lines of the incident description.
Each incident was then reviewed to determine if it meets the criteria of the FOI request and to record the details requested.
With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your query.
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.