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Date Responded 22 March 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. Please state the number of offence records listed in your crime database that contain the following two phrases:

(a) Xbox Live

(b) Fortnite (exact spelling)

Please identify these by conducting a free text search of your crime database, and provide information for each of the last five years, and the current year to February 25

2. Please provide a breakdown of the kind of offences recorded that contain these keywords for both these keywords.

3.Please provide an anonymised copy of free text report for each incident recorded. If this is too onerous, please focus on areas around the abuse of children and crimes of a sexual nature.


In Response:

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.

The central data base was searched using the specified date ranges and keywords. As with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the Crime MO. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used. Also, we cannot search the crime investigation screens/additional information screens, if the terms are not used within the MO the crime will not be identified.

This information has been provided in a way which avoids exemptions being applied to withhold.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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


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