Date Responded 31 March 2020

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:

1  Please tell me how many hate crimes were reported to your police force where the words 'coronavirus', 'corona' or 'virus' featured in the MO code, between January 1st 2020 and the date of this email.

2  For the five most recent cases, please provide me with details of the reported hate crime, redacted so as not to fall foul of Section 40. (E.g. A man of Chinese descent was shouted at on the bus and accused of having the coronavirus).

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Department Department 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.

1  13.

2  Known offenders walk through  campus shouting about coronavirus; blaming Chinese.   Approach three students and shout 'you should be wearing a  xxxx face mask'; 'bringing coronavirus to the country'

To note - The above relates to the same incident that related to 3 different victims, so 3 recorded crimes.

Offender has entered taxi as a customer and has made numerous racist and threatening comments towards driver  accusing him of beheading people and spreading corona virus.

Unknown group of youth offenders walk past ip and begin coughing then stare at him due to the current corona pandemic.     

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