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Date Responded 03 February 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:

How many crime reports in the last five years have been linked to Instagram? Please break this down by calendar year (2015,2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and say what the nature of the offence was (eg sexual harassment/ threats of violence/ hate crime)

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

The following caveat needs to be noted when reviewing our response.

To provide this data, a keyword search for "Instagram" has been carried out.

If the word "Instagram" is not in the MO field of the crime, it will not be returned.

It should be noted that this does mean that if the crime states (eg) social media, and then later notes Instagram as the website, it will not be included.

Hate crime has been noted in the initial request.

This is not a type of crime in itself, instead a flag that can be applied to another type of crime.

To account for this, a separate column has been added to the return table.

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.

With all the above noted I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Type of Crime

Crimes

Hate Crimes

Crimes

Hate Crimes

Crimes

Hate Crimes

Crimes

Hate Crimes

Crimes

Hate Crimes

Burglary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Criminal Damage

 

 

1

 

4

 

1

 

3

 

Non crime

 

 

1

 

3

 

9

2

10

 

Other Offences

6

 

24

 

14

1

56

 

79

1

Sexual Offences

5

 

20

 

40

 

93

 

165

 

Theft & Handling Stolen Goods

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

1

 

Violence Against the Person

13

2

88

5

140

7

193

6

319

15

Grand Total

24

2

134

5

202

8

352

8

578

16

 

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