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Under 18s Arrested for Drugs Offences - 955/19

Date Responded 03 September 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. Could you please tell me how many minors (under the age of 18) have been arrested in each year since 2014 for offences relating to the supply of controlled drugs? I would like this information broken down by the age of the suspect, and the type of drug involved.
  2. Can you also tell me how many of those have been charged, in each year? I would like this information broken down by age of the suspect, the charge, and type of drug involved.

In Response:

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.

It should be noted that the following data has been collated by searching for all arrests where the offence description relates to the supply of drugs.  The type of drug cited in the arrest is what the person was suspected of supplying at the time eg, the offence description of the arrest is 'Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply Cocaine'.  It is common for a person to be charged with a different offence to the one they were arrested for when new evidence is uncovered.  Therefore the disposal of the arrest is where the disposal also relates to a drugs offence, and the disposal totals are taken from the arrest data.

1.

Year

Age at arrest

Amphetamine

Cocaine

Ketamine

LSD

MDMA

Mephedrone

Other

Synthetic Cannabis

2014

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

0

17

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

2015

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

15

0

0

1

0

0

3

8

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

17

0

0

1

1

1

0

12

0

2016

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

17

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

2017

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

16

0

0

0

1

2

0

5

0

17

0

0

0

1

0

0

7

0

2018

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

13

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

16

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

17

0

1

0

0

0

0

10

0

2019

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

 

2.

2014

Disposal Type

Age

Mephedrone

Other

2nd Youth Caution

16

0

2

Charged

 

16

0

1

17

0

1

Postal Requisition

17

1

0

2015

Disposal Type

Age

Mephedrone

Other

1st Youth Caution

16

0

2

Charged

 

15

0

3

16

1

0

Summons

 

 

15

0

1

16

0

1

17

0

1

Youth Conditional Caution

16

0

1

2016

Disposal Type

Age

Amphetamine

Other

Simple Caution

17

1

0

Youth Conditional Caution

16

0

1

2017

Disposal Type

Age

MDMA

Other

1st Youth Caution

 

 

14

0

1

16

1

0

17

0

1

2nd Youth Caution

16

0

1

Charged

16

0

1

Postal Requisition

17

0

2

Youth Conditional Caution

16

1

1

2018

Disposal Type

Age

Cocaine

Other

1st Youth Caution

17

0

1

2nd Youth Caution

17

0

1

Cannabis Warning

17

0

1

Charged

 

16

0

1

17

0

2

Postal Requisition

 

 

14

0

1

15

0

2

16

1

1

Youth Conditional Caution

14

0

1

16

0

1

2019

Disposal Type

Age

 

Other

2nd Youth Caution

17

 

1

Postal Requisition

17

 

1

Youth Conditional Caution

14

 

1

 

 

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