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Date Responded 04 July 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. Number of firearms incidents in the year 2016-2017 in which the firearm involved was classified Section 2 under the Firearms act. 
  2. Number of firearms incidents in the year 2016-2017 in which the firearm involved was classified Section 1 under the Firearms act.  
  3. Number of firearms incidents in the year 2016-2017 in which the firearm involved was classified Section 2 under the Firearms act and was legally possessed.  
  4. Number of firearms incidents in the year 2016-2017 in which the firearm involved was classified Section 1 under the Firearms act and was legally possessed.  

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 Operations 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. 3
  2. 1
  3. 3
  4. 0

 

To note this data only refers to confirmed cases, i.e. where police have attended, found the subject, confirmed they have a weapon, checked the weapon, confirmed its classification and recorded it.

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.

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