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Date Responded 31 March 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:

How many incidents of drink-spiking were recorded by your force in 2019?

Please search for this data by means of keyword searches of MO codes, using the terms 'spike', 'spiking', 'drink-spike', 'drink spiked', 'spiked drink', while checking to make sure that they don't refer to some other context (e.g. 'a spiked fence' or 'spiked hair').

Finally, can you please attach the first five MO codes from January 2019 for drink spiking-related offences? I accept redactions may need to be made to remove personal information.

In Response:

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.

23 such instances were recorded that met the search parameters as you have outlined in your request.

Only one such instance occurred in January and that is outlined below.

IP attend public house. Becomes victim of theft. Then becomes unwell and taken to hospital. Informed by staff that drink was spiked.

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