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Drink Spiking & Injections 2018-2021 - 1446/21

Date Responded 16 November 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. Please perform a keyword search for the terms ‘spiked drink’, ‘drink spiking’, ‘drinks spiking’, 'drinks lacing’, 'injection spiking' and 'spiking by injection' in the case notes or MO and present them in a simple table for the calendar years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

For clarity, the above terms relate to the act of putting alcohol or drugs in a person's drink or injecting them with drugs without the person's knowledge or permission.  This request has previously been made of and was fulfilled by the Metropolitan Police for the years 2015-2017 and this methodology has been widely successful with other police departments.

2. Please could you also provide me with a breakdown of the number of people charged concerning the above offences over the calendar years 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

3. Could you also provide a further breakdown of the number of times these cases have been linked to sexual offences?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police as there were no crimes identified using these specific search terms on our information systems.

We performed searches on our systems using the set of search terms you have provided, and requested that the search takes place within those only.  It is important to note that this does not fit the methodology we would normally use in relation to identifying or counting drink spiking crimes; the search was for a set of specific MO terms and nothing else.  If the terms specified are not used within the MO the crime will not be identified as the MO search is limited to the first 242 characters of the MO, any information beyond that cannot be searched.  Therefore, this response should not be used in comparison with other data currently being provided on this subject matter. 

You may wish to look at our Disclosure Log (please see further details below) for recent disclosures on this subject ie FOI’s 1360/20 and 1368/21.

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