Disclosure Details

Prolific offenders - 079/13

Dated: 12 Feb 2013

Date of request: 23/01/2013

Date of response: 07/02/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 23 January 2013 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: 

Please could you provide the sex, age, and command area if available, of the top 10 most prolific offenders in the last year. Please can you also include how many offences each have committed and what these were. 

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

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information has been presented in a way which does not attract exemptions under the Act.

You should note that the information will not be broken down further as relevant exemptions will be applied to withhold.

10 Males are recorded as the most prolific offenders.

The age ranges are as below

  • 24-30 yrs - 4

  • 31-35 - 3

  • 36-40 - 0

  • 41-45 - 2

  • 46-50 - 1

The  Area Command of the offenders are below.

  • Northumberland - 2

  • Newcastle - 4

  • Gateshead - 2

  • Sunderland - 2 

The offences committed are in the below attached spreadsheet.

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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