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Non-Crime Hate Incidents - 242/21

Date Responded 07 April 2021

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. How many non-crime hate incidents has your force recorded against a person 16-years-old and under from 2014 to 2019 inclusive? Just to clarify, I am looking for the number of non-crime hate incidents that have been recorded against a person 16-years-old and under who is the alleged perpetrator of the incident, not the victim.

2. What was the total number of non-crime hate incidents your force recorded in 2020?

In Response:

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. No information held. Incidents do not typically have listed offenders; an offender is listed at the point that a crime is created, therefore it is not possible to provide a response to this part of your request.

2. 2456 - for clarity, this number relates to the total number of incidents noted as hate that do not have a hate crime attached.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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