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Date Responded 09 August 2018

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:

 For each of the following financial years a) 2013/14 b) 2014/15 c) 2015/16 d) 2016/17 e) 2017/18, the total number of arrests for drug driving.2. For each of the following financial years a) 2013/14 b) 2014/15 c) 2015/16 d) 2016/17 e) 2017/18, the total number of people charged with drug driving.

3. For each of the following financial years a) 2013/14 b) 2014/15 c) 2015/16 d) 2016/17 e) 2017/18 please tell me the age and gender of a) the youngest person and b) the oldest person arrested for drug driving 

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. 

Data has been collated through a search of all arrests and then all disposals for the following offences; 

803/01 DRIVE/ATTEMPT WHILST UNFIT-DRINK/DRUGS (UNCLEAR WHICH)

803/04 IN CHARGE OF M\V WHILST UNFIT - UNCLEAR DRINK OR DRUGS

803/10 DRIVE OR ATTEMPT TO DRIVE M\V WHILST UNFIT – DRUGS

803/12 IN CHARGE OF VEHICLE WHILST UNFIT THROUGH DRUGS

803/13 DRIVE MV PROPORTION OF CONTROLLED DRUG ABOVE LIMIT

803/14 AID & ABET DRIVE MV WITH PROP CONTOLLED DRUG OVER LIMIT

803/15 IN CHARGE MV WITH PROP OF SPEC DRUG OVER SPEC LIMIT 

803/16 ATT DRIVE MV WITH PROP OF SPEC CONTRLD DRUG OVER LIMIT 

I have separated the offences into those which are drug related and those where it is unclear whether it is drug or alcohol related at the time of the arrest. The charges/postal requisition and summons are those that have occurred within that time period and are not necessarily related to the arrests in question 1.   Please note that some of the ages are 15 and 16 years old and a couple of cases involved stolen vehicles and one relates to a scooter where the minimum driving age is 16, so the ages are correct. 

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as attached. 

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