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Date Responded 31 January 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:

  1. Please state how many minors, aged 17 and under, have been arrested or questioned for offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs in the last five calendar years, broken down by years - 2015-2019
  2. Please state how many of those minors were charged with an offence and break this down by the age of the suspect, the offence they were charged with and the class and type of drug involved.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department 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.

 

With regards to the data supplied below, it should be noted that:

  • At the point that someone is arrested, the arrest is listed for the most severe offence at the time.
  • As such an arrest count may not be completely accurate, as an offender may have been arrested for another offence whilst being involved in the supply of drugs.
  • We have taken "questioning" to mean voluntary attenders. This data goes back to April 2017 and no further.

 

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.

 

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

Count - Arrests

35

12

19

22

29

117

Count - Questioning

   

11

14

4

29

 

Charged with: (NB includes drug type where applicable)

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply Cocaine

           

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply MDMA

           

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply Other Class 'A'

       

1

1

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply Other Class 'B'

   

1

   

1

Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply Other Class 'C'

           

Reinstated wef 26.01.09 / Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply

           

Reinstated wef 26.01.09 / Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug

1

   

3

1

5

Supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug Class B - Mephedrone

2

       

2

Supplying or offering to supply Amphetamine

           

Supplying or offering to supply Class unspecified

           

Supplying or offering to supply Cocaine

           

Supplying or offering to supply Ketamine ('Special K' or 'Club horse' drug)

1

       

1

Supplying or offering to supply LSD

           

Supplying or offering to supply MDMA

           

Supplying or offering to supply Other Class 'A'

2

 

1

   

3

Supplying or offering to supply Other Class 'B'

           

Supplying or offering to supply Other Class 'C'

           

Total

6

 

2

3

2

13

 

Age

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

12

           

13

       

1

1

14

           

15

5

       

5

16

1

 

1

1

 

3

17

   

1

2

1

4

Total

6

 

2

3

2

13

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