Hate Crimes - 219/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 21/02/2012
Date of response: 06/03/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 21 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.
For each year from Jan 2001 up to and including Jan 2012:-
List incidents of race hate / racially motivated crimes where the victim/s and/or owner/s of the property targeted is/are from Central or Eastern European, by which I mean nationals of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Poland, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
For each incident please include:-
Type of crime - was it for instance, physical assault, harassment or criminal damage?
Age, gender and nationality of victim/s and/or owner/s of the property targeted.
Age, gender and nationality of individual/s responsible for crime. [if apprehended and information is available]
Location/ postcode of crime
Date and time of crime
Whether charges were brought against the suspect/s.
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, in part, by Northumbria Police, however can not be disclosed for the following reason.
The current database provides access to records from 2004 only, data prior to this time is held on different systems. The option to record the nationality of victims was not available on our recording system until April 2010. However, the nationality of the victim is not a mandatory field and victims are not obliged to provide their nationality.
Therefore, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can accurately offer a response to your request.
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
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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.