Disclosure Details

Knife crime - 515/16

Dated: 26 May 2016

 

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

Thank you for your e mail dated  20 April  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

1. In each of the last three calendar years (2013), (2014) and (2015) how many incidents of knife crime have you recorded where the victim has been aged UNDER 18? Please provide a breakdown of these crimes for each year.

2. How many people under the age of 18 have you arrested in each of the last three calendar years (2013), (2014) and (2015) for a knife possession offence and how many of these were for the offence committed on school premises? Please provide a breakdown for each year of the number of arrests by age.

 

NOTE: Please use the definitions below for knife crime and knife possession.

Knife Crime: All offences of Murder, attempted murder, threats to kill, manslaughter, infanticide, wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, GBH without intent, ABH and other injury, sexual assault, rape, robbery where a knife or sharp instrument (defined as any instrument that can pierce the skin) has been used.

Simple possession is excluded (For example, when a police search results in a discovery of possession of a weapon).

Knife Possession: To include all the following offences.

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. Prevention of Crime Act 1953 Section 1.

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 A (2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 4 (1).

Having an article with a blade or a point in a public place. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (1) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 3 (1).

Having an article with a blade or a point on school premises. Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139 (2) as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 Section 4 (1).

Threaten with an offensive weapon in a public place.

Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article on a school premises

Threaten with an offensive weapon on a school premises.

Threaten with a blade/sharply pointed article in a public place. 

 

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.

The information provided in response to question 1 has been collated by searching for all offences where a knife or pointed item has been listed as the weapon used.  These have been filtered by the age of the victim.

The information provided in response to question 2 has been collated by searching for all arrests of persons under the age of 18 for the offences listed in the request.  These have been reviewed to see if an knife was used in the incident.  Some of the offences are for possession of an offensive weapon, which includes, but is not limited to, items such as knuckle dusters and baseball bats.  The arrests were also reviewed to see if the incident occurred on school premises.

With the above in mind please see the attached which fully answers your query.

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. 

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You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena. 

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Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest. 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

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http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/ 

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FOI 515-16