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.
Could you please provide the number of people who have been convicted of murder in the past five calendar years (from 2016 to 2020) and also from January 2021 to the most recent date available. Could you please break the data down by these factors:
- Age of individual convicted - Please provide this information according to the following age brackets: 0-11, 12-17, 18-21, 22-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70,71-80,81-90,91-100, 100+, unknown/unrecorded. AND for the 12-17 age group could you please breakdown each year, i.e: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
- Geographical area (either county, borough, town or road name) where the individual lived when convicted -
- Police force area in which the crime was committed - for example Metropolitan Police, Greater Manchester Police, West Midlands Police and so on.
- Ages of victim(s)
- The cause of death
- Gender and ethnicity of victim if known
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in a format that would allow its extraction from systems within the permitted 18 hour threshold.
For the time period requested there have been 72 homicides. Each of those cases would require a manual review of recording systems to locate, extract and compile the information requested. This has been estimated as far exceeding the 18 hour threshold and therefore Section 12 is applicable. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the questions above for a 2 year period only. We would then establish, depending on the number of homicides in your chosen years, whether a refined request would be achievable.
If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.