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Date Responded 06 November 2019

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

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:

Please could you tell me:

  1. The number of recorded crimes, under Section 2(1) of the 1961 Suicide Act, for aiding and abetting suicide between 6th April 2012 and 30th July 2019. Can these be broken down by year please. If helpful, it is my understanding that Section 2(1) of the 1961 Suicide Act may be recorded as code 76 ‘Aiding Suicide’ by the Home Office.
  2. For each recorded crime, was a suspect: 

 Interviewed under caution



3. What was the outcome of each arrest? If a suspect was released, what was the reason for release? – e.g. Type 9 (Prosecution not in the public interest) etc.

4. Which (if any) of the recorded crimes under Section 2(1) of the 1961 Suicide Act are related to the words/phrases "Dignitas", "terminal illness", "terminally ill", "assisted dying" , "assisted suicide", or "euthanasia"?

In Response:

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 not held by Northumbria Police.

Searches of our crime recording system for the offence and time period requested by you has brought back no recorded crimes.

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