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Persons Shot By Officers - 065/20

Date Responded 12 February 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:

  1. How many people have been injured by a shot fired by your officers in the past five years (2015-2019)?
  2. How many people have been fatally shot by your officers in the past five years (2015-2019)?
  3. Can you provide me with a breakdown of the ethnicity and gender of both the police officer and the person who was shot (either fatally or non-fatally), and also whether the person shot was armed or unarmed and with what kind of weapon (knife, firearm).
  4. Have any officers been convicted of manslaughter in the past five years (2015-2019)?

In Response:

  1. None.
  2. One.
  3. As most of the information you have requested at this point is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information. 

This information has been published via several media outlets and is therefore freely available.

In order to assist I have given a link to one such release below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-35950358

I can advise the officer was white British male.

4  No officers have been convicted of manslaughter.

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