Disclosure Details

Suicides - 53813

Dated: 31 Jul 2013

Date of request:     14/07/2013

Date of response:   31/07/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 14 July 2013 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

The number of suicides and attempted suicides that have being made from the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland during 2011, 2012 and up to June 2103

In response:

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 Communications Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.
We would not know a person's intentions, ie whether suicide was intended, and only a coroner can decide whether a persons death is suicide.

However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can advise that a similar request for such information has been requested and a response provided  for the years 2010 -2012 and that response is published via our Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website, FOI 063/13 refers. The link to the Log is below.

Additionally I can advise that, for the first 6 months of 2013, 28 reports of people threatening to jump or actually jumping off Wearmouth Bridge, Sunderland have been received, 1 resulted in death.

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.

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 which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

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.


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