Disclosure Details

Under 18s - 1033/15

Dated: 13 Nov 2015

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 4 November 2015 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:

I would like to know:

1)      The number of under 18s held overnight in police custody in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 (April – March) – definition of "overnight" means anybody brought into custody between the hours of 10pm and 6am

2)      The age of the youngest child held overnight in custody in 2014-15.


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.


1) The number of under 18s brought into custody between the hours of 10pm and 6am in the time period you specified, regardless of the length of time spent in custody, is listed below. 

2010-11      3044

2011-12      2512

2012-13      1869 

Please note that offenders would  be included if they came in at 10pm and were released at 11pm under this definition of overnight.

2) The youngest person brought into custody between the hours of 10pm and 6am in the time period you specified was 11 years. That person arrived at 23:35 hrs and left at 00:55 the following day, having spent 1 hour 20 minutes in custody.


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.


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.

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.