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.
I would like to know how many reports of Ghost sightings, UFO Sightings, alleged paranormal activity and reports of witches there were in the area, in the past 10 years.
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 follows with the below caveat noted.
The data was taken from the central database using the incident tables where the following keywords were searched for in the incident description: 'Ghost', 'UFO', 'paranormal' and 'witch'. We are only able to search the first three lines of the incident description. It is possible that one of the keywords may feature later in the incident description but if so, that incident will not be captured in this dataset.
All incidents that had a mental health or alcohol qualifier were removed. In relation to ghosts and UFO's only sightings were included as per the FOI request.
With the above search restrictions noted please see the below.
Year Ghost UFO Total
2009 0 0 0
2010 0 0 0
2011 2 1 3
2012 0 1 1
2013 2 0 2
2014 0 0 0
2015 1 0 1
2016 0 0 0
2017 0 0 0
2018 1 0 1
2019 0 0 0 (Date to 25/7/2019)
Total 6 2 8