Disclosure Details

Unsolved murders - 722/13

Dated: 08 Apr 2014

Date of request:    27/09/13

Date of response:  28/10/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 27 September 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: 

  1. A list of all unsolved murders your force has investigated, including the victim’s full name, the location of the murder and the date of the murder.

  2. A short description of the circumstances of the murder and how many suspects were arrested.

In response:

It should be noted that the Crime department of Northumbria Police routinely consider reconstructions, fresh witness appeals, forensic opportunities and 'cold case' reviews. Unsolved murders and cases of that importance are never closed and are periodically reviewed. If new information is received or there are new forensic developments these are acted upon.

Additionally current information regarding the most recent undetected murder is available by other means therefore the below exemption applies.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

The murder of John Roberts is as yet undetected and information relative to this is freely available by simple research. In order to assist I have provided the below link.


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.

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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