Disclosure Details

Machete crimes - 140/15

Dated: 26 Feb 2015

Date of request:      09/02/15

Date of response:    19/02/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 9 Febuary 2015 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.       For the month of December 2014 and January 2015 how  many crimes were logged by your force where a machete was recorded as  being an element in the offence. [Note: I would hope that this could be  achieved  by  a  computer  search  on the MO of crimes for the words "machete" or variants of the spelling to include "machette" and "machetes".
2.       Please  provide  me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.1 that are ‘linked’ to machete/s by its mention in the MO.
3.       Taking  the  month  of  January 2015 please provide me with copies of the first  5  MOs  that mention machetes. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption  I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted] . 

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.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1.   13

Offence                              Count
Affray                                      1
Assault                                    4
Burglary dwelling aggravated    2
Knife offence                            1
Offensive weapon                     1
Robbery                                  4
Total                                       13
 Males kick in front door gaining entry carrying a machete, strike ip's using bar and cleaver. IP hits I male, pulls off male's Balaclava revealing male's face, both males then make off from scene.
Offenders enter flat via insecure door as trespasser armed with machetes, make demands to victim for property whilst threatening violence with machetes, offenders remove jewellery from victim make untidy search and make off, victim contacts police.
UK male enters shop, approaches counter makes threat towards staff, demanding money, removes machete from person. Threatens staff member again, removes cash from till. Makes off from scene
Ip observes males enter front garden carrying machetes. 3 males have entered the front door, ip goes to top of stairs and witnesses males coming up the stairs 1 male points his machete at ip and shouts at ip. Ip shuts door to the stairs preventing access
Unknown offenders kick in front door of flat carrying a machete. One offender strikes ip several times causing injuries. Offenders then make off. 

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.

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