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Undetected Homicides - 1130/19

Date Responded 24 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. How many reported undetected homicide cases are there within your  jurisdiction currently?
  2. Do you currently have a team solely responsible for the review of  undetected homicides?
  3. What is the current standard undetected homicide case review  frequency within your jurisdiction?
  4. During the years 2011 - 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected  homicide cases were reviewed within your jurisdiction?
  5. During the years 2011 - 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected  homicide cases were detected within your jurisdiction?
  6. Does your jurisdiction currently have a Forensic Archaeologist to  be called upon as required?
  7. During the years 2011 - 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected  homicide case reviews utilised Forensic Archaeology?
  8. During the years 2011 - 2014 (inclusive), how many undetected  homicide cases were detected as a result of Forensic Archaeology?

 

 Definition of terms for clarity:

Homicide - The unlawful killing of a person, to include murder and all  categories of manslaughter.

Detected homicide case - a solved homicide case whereby a person(s) has  been charged or has died prior to charges being brought.

Undetected homicide case - a currently unsolved homicide case.

Undetected homicide case review - the review of all evidence in relation  to an undetected homicide case.

In Response:

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. 42, with the oldest undetected homicide case going back to 1919.
  2. No.
  3. There is not a formal current standard undetected homicide case  review frequency protocol within Northumbria Police.
  4. No information held.  We do not have a record of how many  undetected homicide reviews were conducted during the years 2011 to 2014.
  5. There is one record of an undetected homicide committed pre 2011  having been detected between 2011 and 2014.
  6. There is a National Injuries Database managed by the National Crime  Agency (NCA).  The services of a Forensic Archaeologist would be appointed  following consultation with the NCA.  Northumbria Police does not retain the  exclusive services of a Forensic Archaeologist
  7. No information held.  We do not have a record of how many undetected  homicide reviews were conducted during the years 2011 to 2014 with the  assistance of a Forensic Archaeologist.
  8. No information held.  We do not have a record of any undetected  homicides detected during the years 2011 to 2014 with the assistance of a  Forensic Archaeologist.

 

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