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Murders involving knife/firearm - 589/18

Date Responded 10 July 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:

I would like to know please for each of the following years 2015/16; 2016/17 and 2017/18:

1. The number of murders

2. How many of those involved a bladed weapon

3. How many of those involved a firearm

4. The sanction-detection rate

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 Crime 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. 

Financial year 2015-2016

10 Murders

1 involving a firearm

5 involving a knife/bladed article

All 10 resulted in charges for murder.

Financial year 2016-2017

11 Murders

0 involving a firearm

5 involving a knife/bladed article

All 11 resulted in charges for murder.

Financial year 2017-2018

10 Murders

0 involving a firearm

5 involving a knife/bladed article

9 resulted in charges for murder, 1 awaiting charging decision from CPS.

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