Disclosure Details

Firearm discharge - 158/17

Dated: 22 Feb 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 12 February 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions. 

You asked:

Details of incidents where police firearms have been accidentally fired (known as negligent discharges) since January 2013 up until the date this request was received. 

Please include: 

1. The date and place of the incident.

2.Full details of the incident (e.g. how the accident happened, injuries resulting from the accident).

3. The type of firearm involved in the incident.

4. Details of any disciplinary action taken against officers responsible for a negligent discharge. 


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 Firearms Support Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

There was one incident recorded as unintentional discharge. 

1. 22/02/16, Firearms Support Unit secure premises

2. A handling error resulted in the discharge of 1 round which embedded in the yard floor. No persons were injured.

3. Long weapon.

4. Management Action


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.