Unsolved murders -045/16
Dated: 14 Jan 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 11 January 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.
- How many murder cases, if any, being investigated by your Force since 2005 are unsolved? Where possible, please can you break down the information year-on-year for new cases.
For example, in 2005: six unsolved murders. In 2006: seven unsolved murders. In 2007: five unsolved murders etc.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
The information provided is a list of all unsolved murders committed in the Northumbria Police area since 2005. We have taken unsolved to mean where no person has yet been charged.
Unsolved murders and cases of that importance are never closed and are periodically reviewed. If new information is received or there are new forensic developments these are acted upon.
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.
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