Disclosure Details

Cautions - 039/14

Dated: 14 Feb 2014

Date of request:    10/01/2014

Date of response:  13/02/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 10 January 2014  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: 

1) Under the Freedom of Information Act please can you tell me how many cautions were given in total in 2013?
2) Can you tell me how many cautions were given in 2013 for the following offences:
-          Manslaughter
-          Attempted murder
-          Death by careless driving
-          Death by dangerous driving
-          GBH with intent
-          GBH without intent
-          ABH
-          Common assault
-          Burglary
-          Aggravated burglary
-          Theft
-          Vehicle crime
-          Criminal damage
3) How many offenders were given more than 50 cautions in 2013? Please breakdown the offences the cautions were issued in relation to each individual offender.

4) How many offenders were given more than 20 cautions in 2013? Please breakdown the offences the cautions were issued in relation to each individual offender. 

5) Please can you repeat questions 1-4 for the years 2012 and 2011

To clarify I mean the number of cautions given out as disposals.

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 Strategy and Performance 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.

Please note the information provided relates to the number of offenders given a caution as means of disposal in the last three years (2011, 2012, 2013).
This means that there may be more than one caution for crimes with more than one offender, as any offender given a caution as a disposal has been included in the count.

2011 - 9,420
2012 - 8,105
2013 - 7,919


2011 2012 2013 Total
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Attempted murder 0 0 0 0
Death by careless driving 0 0 0 0
Death by dangerous driving 0 0 0 0
Assault with intent to cause serious harm (GBH with intent) 0 0 0 0
Inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent 9 5 3 17
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) 415 335 301 1,051
Common assault and battery 1,569 1,302 1,353 4,224
Burglary dwelling 28 24 22 74
Burglary OTD 96 88 59 243
Aggravated burglary 0 0 0 0
Theft and Handling 2,107 1,846 1,846 5,799
Vehicle crime 118 88 87 293
Criminal Damage 1,064 845 996 2,905

3&4  No offenders were given more than 20 cautions in 2011, 2012 or 2013, this then means that no offenders were given more than 50 cautions in 2011, 2012 or 2013.

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 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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