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Date Responded 29 April 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. How many reports of disabilty hate crime have been reported to sunderland police,

2. How many where down graded to an incident with no further action being taken.

3. Hoe many where investigated.

4. How many arrest where made.

5. How many charged.

6. How many taken to court

7. How many found guilty.”

 After we sought clarity you responded with:

“I would have thought it was already clear enough, I am only interested in the sunderland area. Nowhere else. Only interested in disabilty hate crime, nothing else. Time scale would be since disabilty hate crime was placed on the books as a crime.  I want this to cover sunderland only, not Washington, Houghton etc only southwick station covering Sunderland only. No further action means what it says, they just log it and move on, doing zero about it.” 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held in a format that allows it extraction within the permitted time/cost of the Act.

In the UK disability hate crime was regarded as an aggravating factor under Section 146 of the Criminal Just Act 2003. To go back to 2003 would require manual review of every crime recorded before systems allowed electronic extractions from crime tables. This cannot be achieved within the permitted 18 hours.  As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours,  Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

 You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

 When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be your questions as outlined in your request within the boundaries of the below. 

 Provide data from 01/04/08, from when electronic extraction can be achieved, to 08/04/20.

"Disability hate crime" will be interpreted as crime wherein disability hate has been recorded as an aggravating factor.

 If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.  You should note that at this stage we do not know whether all the information you have requested can be extracted within the permitted time constraints.

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