Squatting - 072/15
Dated: 28 Jan 2015
Date of request: 20/01/15
Date of response: 28/01/15
Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 12 January 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.
We would like some information, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, regarding the enforcement of the new offence of squatting in a residential building as set out in s144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (s144 LASPO). Section 144 LASPO came into effect on 1 September 2012, details of the legislation can be found via the following link: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/10/section/144. This offence is often recorded under offence code 125/86 "Knowingly as a trespasser live/intend to live in a residential building" (sometimes shortened to: ‘Trespasser Live / Intend to Live in Reside’).
We would like to know, for the period 1st September 2012 to 20th January 2015:
1] How many people have been arrested under s144 LASPO (or offence code 125/86)?
2] How many people have received cautions for a s144 LASPO (or offence code 125/86) arrest (including, if possible, the number of simple cautions and conditional cautions)?
3] How many convictions for s144 LASPO offences (or offence code 125/86) have been secured?
4] How many Crime Related Incidents involving s144 LASPO offences (or offence code 125/86) have been recorded?
Please provide a breakdown by calendar month where possible.
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 within Northumbria Police.
I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held. There have been no crimes or arrests associated with the HO Code 125/86 provided, since this code came into effect in September 2012.
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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