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Date Responded 03 August 2018

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:

In each of the separate time periods: 

March 1st 2016 and 30th June 2016

March 1st 2017 and 30th June 2017

March 1st 2018 and 30th June 2018 

1. How many offences involving knives or bladed instruments were recorded by your force?

2. Please list the names, gender and ages (if known) of any victims of homicide involving knives or bladed instruments during the above period.

3. Please state the overall number of victims of crimes involving knives or bladed instruments during that period, regardless of whether they were injured or not.

4. Please group the victims in question 3 into age ranges (12 and under, 13 to 16, 17 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39 and 40 and over) and gender. 

In Response:

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 follows. 

Crimes included are those where the weapon attached is one that is sharp and capable of piercing the skin. Weapons included are in accordance with Home Office counting rules for Knife Crime. This includes possession offences. 

Homicide figures are those where the victim injury code and the offence type suggests a fatality. 

With the above in mind please see the attached which provides a response in full . 

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