Disclosure Details

Crimes - 137/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 01/02/2012

Date of response: 21/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 1 February 2012 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 place a freedom of information request for crime data relating to common and serious assaults and dwellings burglary from 07/09/2009 until the 05/09/2011 in weekly periods, in the police sectors containing Newcastle Central, Jesmond, Heaton, Byker and Walker.  I am wondering if I would be able to have the same information sent to me again but this time splitting the crime occurrences into student and non-student related.

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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

Please note that the data we have supplied to you today and for your previous request, FOI 883/11 refers, has been aggregated due to cost and time implications under the Acts legislation.  The intention of this provision is to prevent individuals or organisations evading the appropriate limit by dividing a request into smaller parts.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows, however the below should be noted.

Data for this request is refreshed  data and will not be an exact match of the data provided in your earlier request.  Some crimes may have subsequently been 'no crimed' or reclassified to a different crime type.

The figures provided are based on the occupation field of the victim containing the word 'student'  this will  include student nurses, student teachers, medical students etc along with general students.

It should also be noted that not every victim provides their occupation so the occupation field is sometimes left blank, and not every crime will have an actual individual person as a victim, the victim could be a company, or a Violence Against the Person crime where the 'state' or 'regina' is recorded as the victim.  The results are simply a count of those crimes with a student victim and those that do not (for whatever reason).

Therefore, the figures given below should not be taken as anything other than that outlined above.


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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