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Date Responded 23 April 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. For the months of November and December 2018 how many crimes were logged by your force where a machete was recorded as being an element in the offence? [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the words "machete" or variants of the spelling to include "machette" and "machetes".
  2. Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.1 that are `linked’ to machete/s by its mention in the MO.

3.Taking the month of December 2018 please provide me with copies of the first 5 MOs that mention machetes. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

4.For the months of November and December 2018 how many crimes were logged by your force where acid was recorded as being an element in the offence? [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of crimes for the words "acid" or "acid-attack".

5.Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.4 that are `linked’ to acid and acid attacks by its mention in the MO.

6.Taking the month of December 2018 please provide me with copies of the first 5 MOs that mention acid. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

In Response:

For Q1 - Q3 Data has been collated through a search of the crimes created between 01/11/2018 and 31/12/2018 where the MO contains the words 'machete' 'machette' or 'machetes.' 

For Q4 - Q6 Data has been collated through a search of the crimes created between 01/11/2018 and 31/12/2018 where the MO contains the words 'acid' or 'acid attack.' Please note that acid can be recorded a number of ways in the crime such as 'noxious substance,' 'ammonia' or 'corrosive substance.' This FOI will only include those where the specified words are contained in the MO.

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

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