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.
Could I please receive a breakdown of hate crimes reported related to anti-semitism over the last three years (2016, 2017, 2018)
Could these figures also be broken down into:
1) The date and approximate location of the report (where possible)
2) The nature of the allegation i.e. assault, vandalism, online abuse
3) Whether any arrests or charges were made in connection with the allegation.
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 Corporate Development 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 attached, which meets the criteria of your request. In addition we have provided the below context for your reference
It should be noted that whilst these figures indicate a general increase in anti-semitic crime, this increase in recorded figures is not an indication of a rise in the actual number of anti-Semitic hate crimes in the Northumbria Police force area. Hate crime recording generally, has increased in the force area in recent years. This is due to the fact that it is being better recorded than ever before.
Victims are encouraged to engage with the Police and are more confident in reporting crime. It is also important to recognise that the majority of the incidents provided have taken place in the Bensham area. This is due to the large Jewish community in that reside in area. In Bensham, Northumbria Police have taken active steps to tackle anti-semitic crime in this area. We have engaged with a security firm that work closely with the Jewish Community and have developed a close working relationship with them with the specific aim of reducing hate crime in that area. Officers have engaged with the Jewish community and security firm about what constitutes a hate crime and that has also led to an increase in reporting of crimes, which may previously have gone unreported.