Disclosure Details

Metro & Metro Stations - 810/12

Dated: 07 Nov 2012

Date of request:   18/10/2012

Date of response:   31/10/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 18 October 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: 

"The information I am requesting is details of crimes and ASB that happened on the metro and at metro stations between August 2010 – July 2012.

If possible the data fields I require are:

  • Name of metro station/line offence occured

  • Type of crime/ASB

  • Date of offence

  • Time of offence

In response:

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

Searches have been made on crimes/ASB incidents where the address contains the word ‘metro’ or where the premises type contains the word ‘railway’.  For crimes this was done using the ‘date committed from’ field.  Incidents are based on the time and date of the report.

You should also note the following:

ASB codes changed with effect from 1st April 2011 so incident types will not match up before/after this date.  Post April 2011 there are just three codes for ASB - personal, environmental and nuisance.  Prior to this there had been a much wider list of codes used to categorise incidents.

Some crimes/incidents which took place between stations e.g. theft of cable from the side of the track, may have been created on the adjacent street and not on metro premises.  These will not be included in the search results.

If an offence takes place on a moving train or it is not clear exactly where it happened, e.g. some graffiti on the side of a carriage, then this is created on the station where it was discovered.

Crimes/incidents have not been included that took place within shops or other businesses located within metro stations, e.g. newsagents.  Included are crimes that took place at ATMs in stations as well as those at metro depots and offices.  Also included are crimes/incidents in metro station car parks.

Northumbria Police does not police the whole Metro system.  Some stations are under the jurisdiction of British Transport Police.  However, certain parts of those ‘stations’ may be policed by Northumbria Police, e.g. the car park, bike rack etc.  You should not therefore take it that what we can provide is a definite list.  We can only provided information held by us.

Finally crimes may also be created at metro stations if they took place directly outside, e.g. at a bus stop or bike chained to some railings.

With the above in mind please see the below attached.

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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