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Crimes with acid or machete - 109/18

Date Responded 07 February 2018

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. For the months of November and December 2017 how many crimes were logged by your force where a machete was recorded as being an element in the offence? [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the words "machete" or variants of the spelling to include "machette" and "machetes".

2. Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.1 that are `linked’ to machete/s by its mention in the MO.

3.Taking the month of December 2017 please provide me with copies of the first 5 MOs that mention machetes. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

4. For the months of November and December 2017 how many crimes were logged by your force where acid was recorded as being an element in the offence? [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the words "acid" or "acid-attack".

5. Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.4 that are `linked’ to acid and acid attacks by its mention in the MO.

6.Taking the month of December 2017 please provide me with copies of the first 5 MOs that mention acid. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

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. 

With the below in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached. 

For questions 1 to 3, data has been collated through a search of the crimes created between 01/11/2017 and 31/12/2017 where the MO contains the words 'machete' 'machette' or 'machetes.'  As it is unclear from the question what is required in the table for question 2 therefore we have included the month the crime was created, the PS group3 of the offence and the outcome given to the crime.  The MOs for the first 5 crimes in Dec 17 have been included, omitting any obvious identifying details. 

For questions 4 to 6, data has been collated through a search of the crimes created between 01/11/2017 and 31/12/2017 where the MO contains the words 'acid' or 'acid attack.'  As it is unclear from the question what  is required in the table for question 5 therefore I have included the month the crime was created, the PS group3 of the offence and the outcome given to the crime.  As there is only 1 crime in Dec, I have included the MO, omitting any obvious identifying details.  Please note that acid can be recorded a number of ways in the crime such as 'noxious substance,' 'ammonia' or 'corrosive substance.' This FOI will only include those where the specified words in the question are contained in the MO. 

Additionally to note, figures may vary from any previously published figures as this request has specified a method they would like us to use (MO search).  We would normally perform a search of the weapons fields for this type of request. 

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