Date Responded 09 October 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. Can you please tell me the number of drink-spikings reported to you in 2018 so far – as of 24/09/18

2. Of these, can you please tell me the number of drink-spikings reported in each of the areas in your force in 2018 -  North Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

3. How many arrests have been made in connection with these drink-spikings?

4. How many charges were brought in connection with these incidents?

5. What was the outcome of these charges?

Could you answer using the following search terms?

"Search terms used were – the means code of "SPI" (Drink Spike) and the Home Office Codes 005/10 (Administering poison so as to endanger life) 008/02 (Administering poison with intent to injure or annoy) and 088/05 (Administering a substance with intent)."

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. & 2.

District              Count

Gateshead           2

Newcastle            8

North Tyneside    3

Northumberland   3

South Tyneside    3

Sunderland           5


3. 4

4. & 5. None

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