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Children in custody - 117/19

Date Responded 26 February 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:

Please provide data on the number of times children aged 17 years old and younger were kept overnight in police custody under any circumstances. My definition of overnight is: between midnight and 8am, where an individual has been held in custody for 4 or more hours during this time.

Q1. How many children aged 17 years and under have spent one or more nights in police custody in 2016?

Q2. Please break the figures in Q1 down by age (e.g. 17 years old – 105 children; 16 years old – 110 children; 15 years old – 74 children etc.)

Q3. Please break the figures in Q1 down by gender (e.g. Male – 402 children; Female – 161 children).

Q4. Please break the figures in Q1 down by ethnicity (e.g. White British – 162 children; White European – 27 children; Black or Black British-African – children; Black or Black British-Caribbean – 12 children; Chinese – 21 children etc.)

Q5. In relation to Q1 please provide details of the longest period one child aged 17 years old or younger was held in police custody.


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.

FOI 117/19

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