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Youths Arrested for Possessing Knives or Bladed Articles - 1004/19

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. Please disclose how many youths have been arrested for offences relating to possessing a knife or bladed article since 2014, with a yearly breakdown (January to December).
  2. For each respective year, please disclose the age of the youngest person arrested.
  3. Since the start of 2019, please disclose the postcodes (Just the first half to avoid identification i.e. NE5) of all the arrests made of youths in possession of knives or bladed articles.

PLEASE NOTE: By "youth" I mean anyone under the age of 18 at the time of the arrest.

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.

The data was taken from the central database arrest, crime and disposal tables where  the offence was one of the following:

Possession of offensive weapon without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

and the offender was under 18 years of age.

The date range is from 01/04/2014 to 19/08/2019.  The first three months of 2014 are not available as the offenders date of birth is not held in the database before this date.




Year         Count

2014         23

2015         29

2016         20

2017         5

2018         13

2019         27



Year         Youngest

2014         10

2015         11

2016         10

2017         12

2018         11

2019         11



Postcode    Count

NE1            1

NE10          1

NE2            1

NE24          1

NE25          1

NE28          1

NE30          1

NE31          1

NE32          1

NE33          1

NE34          2

NE35          1

NE37          1

NE38          5

NE4            2

NE6            3

NE9            2

SR1            1


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