Date Responded 24 May 2019

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. The number of crimes related to drug offences where a social media platform is mentioned in the crime for each year from 2015 to present.

Please break this down by year, the type of offence, the social media platform or website – these being :  Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, TikTok, or SnapChat.

2. whether a conviction was reached

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.

The data has been taken from the central database using the crime and MO tables and the keywords as per your request were searched for in the MO and where the offences were drug offences. 

To note.  As with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the Crime MO. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used. Also, we cannot search the crime investigation screens/additional information screens, if the terms are not used within the MO the crime will not be identified.

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

With the above in mind please see the results of those searches below.


Year/Offence type






Drug - Possession






Drug - Supply






Drug - Supply






Drug - Supply




2.One was convicted at court.


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