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Crimes Mentioning Coronavirus - 541/20

Date Responded 28 April 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:

Could you please list all crimes logged containing the words coronavirus since the start of the year and all details contained int the report - ie where, when, what happened, who was involved.

In Response:

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.

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

These counts have been provided using an MO text search for the following phrases from 01/01/2020 onwards:

coronavirus

corona virus

Please be aware that as with any keyword search this will only provide exact matches.

This data is provided up to and including 07/04/2020.

With the above noted see the below returns of those searches.

Area

Count

Ashington

1

Benwell/Elswick

2

Berwick

1

Blakelaw/Kenton/Fawdon

4

Boldon & East Shields

3

Central

8

Fenham/Scotswood

3

Gateshead & Central Quays

2

Gateshead East & Felling

1

Gateshead South

1

Hexham

1

Houghton

1

Jesmond/Heaton

2

Prudhoe

1

Riverside & West

1

Sunderland Central

1

Sunderland South

1

Sunderland West

3

Wallsend

5

Washington

1

Westerhope/Newburn

1

Whitley Bay

4

   

Date

Count

05/02/2020

1

10/02/2020

1

12/02/2020

2

13/02/2020

1

14/02/2020

1

16/02/2020

1

19/02/2020

2

26/02/2020

3

01/03/2020

1

05/03/2020

1

06/03/2020

1

09/03/2020

1

10/03/2020

1

16/03/2020

1

17/03/2020

2

18/03/2020

2

19/03/2020

1

20/03/2020

1

21/03/2020

1

23/03/2020

2

24/03/2020

1

25/03/2020

1

26/03/2020

1

27/03/2020

3

28/03/2020

2

29/03/2020

3

30/03/2020

3

31/03/2020

1

02/04/2020

2

03/04/2020

2

05/04/2020

1

07/04/2020

1

   

Offence

Count

Assault or assault by beating on a constable

1

Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress

10

Common assault and battery

11

Criminal damage to a dwelling (local sub-code re part 058/00)

1

Damage other

1

Fear or provocation of violence

2

Harassment, alarm or distress

1

Offence of harassment

2

Racially aggravated actual bodily harm

1

Racially aggravated causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress

7

Racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress

1

Racially or religiously aggravated causing intentional harassment alarm or distress

3

Sending letters etc. with intent to cause distress or anxiety

6

Stalking without fear / alarm / distress

1

 

With regards to ‘who was involved’ this will not be disclosed and by doing so we rely on the following exemption.

Section 40 (2)  - Personal Information

Section 40(2)  is a class based absolute exemption and as such legislators have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no requirement to evidence this or consider the public interest test

You should consider this to be a refusal for that point under section 17 of the Act for your request.

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