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Date Responded 16 March 2020

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:

Please can you provide me with data on violent crimes in your police force for all offences (not including murder) that fall under the crime type ‘Violence and sexual offences’ (e.g. ‘Assault with injury’, ‘Rape’, etc). Over the last 10 years, in financial or calendar years, however this information is held.

Broken down by:

1  Solved or unsolved - Please include the last outcome category given, and if there are any other status that would be indicative of solved/unsolved crime (e.g. ‘Filed no suspect, no further enquiries’, etc).

For each of these categories (solved/unsolved or according to the last outcome category given) please provide:

2  Victim’s ethnicity (established, self-defined or ethnic appearance).

3  Victim’s gender, nationality and age group.

4  Offender/Principal suspect ethnicity, gender and nationality.

5  Motivation or circumstance of crime (if known) and relationship between offender/principal suspect and victim.

In Response:

To note – this request has been aggregated with your other request – FOI 430/20 – as they are asking for similar information regarding offences. 

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 by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held in format that would allow its extraction in order to offer a response to this submission.  This is particularly relevant at point 5  as each case would need to be explored to some length in order to identify a response at that point.  This point alone has been estimated as exceeding the 18 hour threshold in its own right.

As we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 18 hours,  Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the remaining questions for a 4 year period only.

If this would be useful, you may wish to refine and resubmit your request accordingly.

I should be noted that exemptions will be applied, where relevant, to any resubmission. Any resubmission of 430/20 and 439/20 will also be aggregated due to time/costs.

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