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Date Responded 22 March 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:

I would like to know how many people have been arrested for possessing or firing a crossbow in Northumbria Police’s area of operation in the last decade.

Please provide a breakdown of which area this took place in.

 You were advised that we were taking ‘last decade’ to mean 2008-2017 and that by ‘area’ as the policing sector.

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.

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

Policing area                         Count

Ashington                                2

Gateshead & Central Quays       1

Riverside & West                      3

Sunderland Central                   1

Washington                             1

Westerhope/Newburn               2

Whitley Bay                             1

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