Bladed weapon incidents - 158/13
Dated: 15 Mar 2013
Date of request: 21/02/2013
Date of response: 15/03/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 21 February 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.
Under the Freedom of Information Act would it be possible to obtain the following figures:
The number of crimes involving a bladed weapon attended by Northumbria Police in the period 1 November 2012 and February 21 2013?
The number of crimes involving a bladed weapon attended by Northumbria Police in the period 1 November 2011 and February 21 2012?
The number of crimes where someone has been wounded by a bladed weapon in both of those time periods (a)1 November 2012 - February 2013 and b)1 November 2011 - February 2012)?
The number of people charged for a) possessing a bladed weapon b) causing another person injury with the bladed weapon c) fatal incidents involving a bladed weapon both time periods (1 November 2012 - February 2013 and 1 November 2011 - February 2012
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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
Questions 1, 2 and 3 are based on the number of crimes where some form of bladed weapon has been used during the commission of the crime ie; Blade, butterfly knife, craft knife, dagger, flick knife, kitchen knife, knife, lock knife, meat cleaver, multi tool, penknife, stanley knife blade, stanley knife and stiletto knife
Question 4a is based on the number of people who have been arrested in the periods specified, for an offence of either "Having an article with a blade or point in a public place, Possession of offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, or Having an article with a blade or point on school premises" these have been viewed to ensure that the weapon also matched the above list.
Question 4b is based on the number of people charged for the crimes in Q1-3 where an injury was caused.
Question 4c is based on the number of fatal incidents (Murders / manslaughter) where the victim has received a fatal injury from a bladed weapon.
With the above in mind please see the below response.
01/11/2012 - 21/02/13 01/11/2011 - 21/02/2012 a) 34 58 b) 16 42 c) 5 0
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 crime data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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