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Disability hate crime - 645/21

Date Responded 02 June 2021

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. How many disability hate crimes have been recorded by your police force for the last two financial years –2019/20 and 2020/21?
  2. How many disability hate crimes were committed by repeat offenders (of a previous disability hate crime) in the last two financial years- 2019/20 and 2020/21?
  3. How many disability hate crimes during each financial year (2019/20 and 2020/21) concerned acts of violence against a person?
  4. How many incidents of disability hate crime were recorded as taking place online in each financial year (2019/20 and 2020/21)?
  5. How many of the recorded disability hate crimes in each financial year (2019/20 and 2020/21) resulted in a CPS referral?
  6. How many of the recorded online disability hate crimes in each financial year (2019/20 and 2020/21) resulted in a CPS referral?

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.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

The data has been taken from the central database using the crime and disposal tables.
It should be noted that hate crimes are recorded when the person reporting perceives the offence to be a hate crime, and that due to the nature of the offence there is often no perpetrator identified.
CPS referrals are those where a charge has been laid as a result of the investigation into the offence.
Online offences have been identified by those that have a cyber flag attached.

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 394
2020/21 394
Total 788

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 3
2020/21 3
Total 6

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 36
2020/21 30
Total 66

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 65
2020/21 73
Total 138

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 19
2020/21 11
Total 30

Fiscal Year Count
2019/20 0
2020/21 0
Total 0

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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