Disclosure Details

'Sharia' recorded incidents - 826/15

Dated: 24 Sep 2015

Date of request:      13/09/15

Date of response:    24/09/15

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

Thank you for your email dated  13 Septembe  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.

You asked: 

I would like the following information for the financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15:
Entries on your command and control incident system, where the initial incident detail contains the phrases 'sharia court', or ‘sharia council’ or ‘sharia law’.
For each incident please provide the month/year, a summary of the incident including an explanation of the relevance of the words 'sharia court', 'sharia council' or 'sharia law' to the incident, details of any arrests, whether or not a crime was subsequently recorded and what the offence(s) was/were, and the outcome of any investigation. If a sharia court/council was the location of the incident in question please give the name/address of the court/council.   

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.

In this instance we have considered that there is no harm in the release of the information requested however this may not be the case should such further similar requests be made.

With the above in mine I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information in this response is based on searches using the force system for any incident where either of the following phrases is recorded, "Sharia court", "Sharia council" or "Sharia law".

Each of the resulting incidents have been viewed to provide an answer to the questions posed, and the below attached contains the results of those searches.   

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: www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/

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.