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Date Responded 12 June 2019

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. As of 31st Dec 2018. For each homicides recorded in each of the the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, what was:
  2. a) the date they were reported,
  3. b) the date an outcome was assigned,
  4. c) what was the outcome that was assigned. Please include those cases which are still ongoing.

In Response:

I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached with the below noted.

In respect of the date an offence was reported, the crimes are listed into the date they were originally committed, however the Home Office interpretation of ‘reported’, namely the date the crime was recorded as a homicide on the crime recording database, has been used. This has resulted in some incidents where the matter was reported as a crime some considerable time after the offence was committed. This covers instances where the victim was originally assaulted but died some time later and the death was attributed to injuries sustained in the original assault.

Because of this the offence has been assigned in the year we feel to be most appropriate.

The only outcome provide is whether persons were charged. Dates of conviction/acquittal have not been researched or provided.
We have provided the date of the outcome in relation to the main offender/suspect where more than one person was charged or eliminated.

 

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.

Homicides - 655/19

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