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Missing Persons including During Lockdown - 1051/20

Date Responded 18 August 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. The number of people who have been reported missing to this force during the calendar year of 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020?
  2. The number of people reported missing who were then found during the calendar year of 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020?
  3. Can this be broken down by gender please?
  4. Can this be broken down by ethnicity please?
  5. Can this be broken down by each age range from 0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70+, please?
  6. The number of people who have been reported as missing to this force during the lockdown period from 23rd March 2020 – 4th July 2020?
  7. The number of people reported missing who were then found during the lockdown period from 23rd March 2020 – 4th July 2020?
  8. Can this be broken down by gender please?
  9. Can this be broken down by ethnicity please?
  10. Can this be broken down by each age range from 0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, 50-60, 60-70, 70+, please?

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.

  • These figures are based on the date the person was reported missing.
  • Based on the question, this is the number of people that have gone missing, not the number of incidents of people going missing.
  • As this is based on each calendar year and the number of people who have gone missing, the count is reset at the beginning of each year and as such, if the person goes missing on more than one occasion and in different years they will have been counted once in each of those years.
  • As only single instances of an individual have been taken in each calendar year, certain individuals could have fallen into two different age groups, where this is the case, the last instance of a person going missing has been used, so they would fall into the higher age group.

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

Missing Persons including During Lockdown - 1051/20

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