Date Responded 13 September 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:

Please tell me for each of the periods:

July 2018 - July 2019

July 2019 - July 2020

July 2020 - July 2021

 

  1. The total number of hate motivated incidents and crimes recorded in the years (please provide a monthly breakdown of possible):
  2. How many of those cases recorded were incidents of homophobia in the years (please provide a monthly breakdown of possible):
  3. From those cases above in relation to homophobic attacks, how many resulted in a conviction in the years:
  4. How many of those cases recorded were incidents of racism in the years: (please provide a monthly breakdown of possible): From those cases above in relation to racist attacks, how many resulted in a conviction in the years:
  5. How many cases of LGBT domestic abuse complaints have been recorded by the force in the years:
  6. How many cases of hate crime linked to football have been recorded for the years (please provide a monthly breakdown of possible):
  7. Please supply an additional information such as where the incident took place, such as a football stadium.
  8. From those cases above in relation to hate crime linked to football, how many resulted in a conviction in the years:

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of 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 already held statistically nor is it held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold.

 

Q6 requests a breakdown of crimes linked to football. Outside of an MO text search, we do not have a way of identifying these crimes. Due to the wide ranging subject  tis would not be an accurte search method. As such in excess of  8000 crimes would need to be manually reviewed to provide a response to point 6 alone.  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information alone would take over 400 hours, therefore 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.

 

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 the remaining questions with the possible exemption of point 5 which requests LGBT domestic abuse data - noting the rest of the FOI relates to hate crime, should you wish to resubmit it would be useful if you advised a) if this should also relate to hate crime and b) how you would define LGBT domestic abuse in this case.

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