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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:

Further to your response to FOI 1582/19 - Please could you provide data for all incidents of knife crime that occurred in Northumbria over a 10-year period. Specifically Questions 2 - Please could you ensure this data is also broken down by age, and Question 3 - Please can you also confirm whether motive is listed for these knife-related incidents. If the cost allowance allows, please also provide the motives with each incident. If this is too expensive, please could you only detail which incidents were between family members and/or partners and so domestic abuse. You responded that:

2  The following data has been included where available. Not all crimes will have a definitive victim, whilst others may have multiple victims. In the event that a crime does have a victim, their DoB may not be registered (eg, armed robbery or intimidation versus an assault.)

Victim Age

Count

0 to 18

870

19 to 24

1,334

25 to 30

1,456

31 to 35

951

36 to 40

835

41 to 45

644

46 to 50

523

51+

851

Total

7,464

 

3  Domestic violence is actively flagged on the force system and therefore can be checked. Figures are as follows:

Type

Count

DV

2,841

Non-DV

9,703

Total

12,544

 

Would it be possible, please, to get the age and DV/non-DV figures broken down by each year please?

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

As advised earlier this request has been aggregated with your previous request FOI 1582/19 with regards to time constraints under the Act, as they refer to the same subject area – Knife Crime.

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.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1.

Year

Count

2010

1129

2011

1100

2012

872

2013

910

2014

935

2015

1224

2016

1374

2017

1337

2018

1336

2019

2327

Total

12544

 

This data has been provided via any crimes meeting the ADR160 requirements.

ADR160 is the Home Office return based around knife crime, which helps define which weapons count toward knife crime. 

Please note that this is dependent on specific fields on the Crime MO being completed. This dependency would be present irregardless of how the data was queried.                                                               

Please note that this will include any and all crimes wherein a knife or similar object (eg scissors, screwdriver) was used in any way, shape or form; this will as such include armed robbery or threats.

2.

Age Group

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

0-18

69

74

35

58

53

67

81

92

124

204

857

19-24

108

114

83

104

95

132

123

154

175

224

1312

25-30

91

83

55

85

117

129

141

230

231

278

1440

31-35

44

49

46

48

66

85

107

135

166

194

940

36-40

42

42

34

45

43

67

90

139

136

186

824

41-45

39

45

35

40

54

61

62

85

81

132

634

46-50

43

33

29

23

41

45

48

80

72

103

517

51-100

53

46

42

42

71

85

80

107

114

207

847

Not Stated

640

614

513

465

395

553

642

315

237

799

5173

 

This data has been included where available.                                                                                           

Not all crimes will have a definitive victim, whilst others may have multiple victims. 

In the event that a crime does have a victim, their DoB may not be registered (eg, armed robbery or intimidation versus an assault.)

3.

Type

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

Non-DV

881

915

724

708

715

927

1093

1010

960

1770

9703

DV

248

185

148

202

220

297

281

327

376

557

2841

 

Motive is not held in such a way that we would be able to query it within the time or cost constraints. It would require a record by record check, which would exceed 627 of work.  This part has therefore been discounted

Domestic violence is actively flagged on the force system and therefore can be checked.

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