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.
I am keen to understand how many crimes have been reported in Ochre Yards in the past 12 months, the 12 months before that and the 12 months before that (or yearly figures if you have them (2020, 2019 and 2018) in order to understand if the area we live in is deteriorating / becoming a more regular victim of crime.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
Force and area crime data, with interactive maps, is freely available via the Police.uk website. In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below:
On the front page of the website, within the “Whats happening in your area” facility, you have the option to enter your postcode into the search box, from which a new page will open. Select “crime map”, on the interactive map you will be able to zoom into the area you are looking for and monthly statistics can be selected from the drop down box on the right of the page. Please note that this map is populated with data submitted by local forces and that the location of the hotspots shown on this map has been anonymised.