Disclosure Details

Weapons - 056/13

Dated: 28 Jan 2013

Date of request: 16/01/13

Date of response: 21/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 12 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.

Further to our discussion, your request has been amended to remove the names of schools.

You asked: 

  1. how many children aged 16 or under have been detected in possession of a weapon in the last year? 

  2. can I have a list of all the types of weapons and where (ie. in which town) the offenders were caught with them, their age and an indication of any subsequent action (ie charge, caution)? 

  3. what was the age of the youngest offender, what weapon did they have and what punishment were they given? 

  4. how many of the offences occurred in schools? Can I have a list of weapons?

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

  1. 33. This Information has been provided for the year 2012. 

  2. See attached

  3. 11 Year old - Knife - Warning first instance. 

  4. 2 Offences occured in schools - both involved knives.

The schools involved are secondary schools in South Shields and Gateshead.

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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