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Date Responded 25 April 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. Please can you tell me how many incidents of drink spiking have been recorded in your area each year since 2015 up to most recent figures?
  2. Please can you provide the volumes, but also the Incident Number, Occurrence Number or other form of unique reference number for each one. 

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. 

1.

Year

Spiked Drinks

   

2015

9

   

2016

26

   

2017

21

   

2018

13

(to 01/04/2018)

Total

69

   

 2. In relation to this part of your request we shall not be disclosing the information requested and in withholding this information we

shall be relying on the following exemption:- 

Section 40 (2) - Personal Information

Section 40 (2) is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in disclosure. That being said where Section 40(2) is engaged in order to make the exemption absolute there needs to be evidence that a data protection principle would be breached by disclosure.  In this case it would not be fair to process information which, we believe by providing all the information you have requested, could lead to the identification of an individual. Therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be breached. 

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