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Online hate crimes - 832/18

Date Responded 21 September 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:

The number of reported online hate crimes recorded as a violence against the person offence, broken down by gender (i.e. the number of women who reported these crimes and the number of men), over the following time periods:a.         2016-2017 (the timescale covered by the Hate Crime 2016/17 statistics)

b.         2017-2018 (the timescale covered from the last published statistics to the present)

2.         We are also interested in finding out the number of reported online hate crimes (recorded as a violence against the person offence) where violence with injury was also a factor. In reading the Hate Crime Statistics report we imagine this would be recorded as either: violence with injury with online hate crime (recorded as a violence against the person offence) flagged as an aggravating factor, or vice versa.

With this information we are looking to ascertain how many reports of online violence resulted in physical violence. Again, please break this down by gender over the same time periods as above:

a.         2016-2017 (the timescale covered by the Hate Crime 2016/17 statistics)

b.         2017-2018 (the timescale covered from the last published statistics to the present)

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 in part by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1.

Year                     Male        Female    Unknown  No victim           

2016/17                39            30            1                 5             

2017/18                42            41            1                 6             

        

2.

From searches made there were no occasions where online crime recorded as violence against the person resulted in physical. 

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