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Weapon related injury-death - 112/18

Date Responded 15 February 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:

1. For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 could you please supply me with the TOTAL number of non-fatal injuries recorded as being caused by a Knife, or other bladed instrument? One total figure for each of the three years is all I require.

2.For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 could you please supply me with the TOTAL number of fatalities recorded as being caused by a Knife or other Bladed Instrument? One total figure for each of the three years is all I require.

3.For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 could you please supply me with the TOTAL number of non-fatal injuries recorded as being caused by a Firearm, including Air Weapons? One total figure for each of the three years is all I require.

4.For the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 could you please supply me with the TOTAL number of fatalities recorded as being caused by a Firearm, including Air Weapons? One total figure for each of the three years is all I require. 

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 by Northumbria Police. 

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

The data for 2016, 2017 and three quarters of 2015 has come from the same query with the same parameters applied, therefore the data is correct according to how the crime records have been completed.  

From a preliminary review of a sample of the data, it would appear that the “injury” field has not been completed on all occasions as it is not a mandatory field. The results of searches therefore cannot be relied upon. This appears to be a trend that has increased through 2017. To extract verified data, a review of each recorded knife crime would have to take place. For 2017 this would involve the review of over 800 crimes and the Section 12 (time & cost) exemption would be engaged and no response provided. We have therefore provided the information that is recorded but I must ask you to  bear this in mind should you wish to use this data. 

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