Unsolved Gun Crime 2007 to 2011

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Dear Northumbria Police,

I am making this request under the Freedom of Information Act.

How many unsolved gun crimes do you currently have on file for your area between the year 2007 - 2011. This request is for general information only (I.e. Number of unsolved crimes only). No request is being made for personal or detailed information. No request is being made in regards to specific investigations. The request is only for the amount of unsolved gun crime in your area.

Refusal to answer this simple request will be taken as confirmation that your force has a high number of unsolved gun crime and that your force is embarrassed for this fact to be known.

Yours faithfully

James Newman
4TheRecord.org

Northumbria Police

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your email dated 13 January 2012 in which you made a request
for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police),
subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
 
You asked:

How many unsolved gun crimes do you currently have on file for your area
between the year 2007 - 2011. This request is for general information only
(I.e. Number of unsolved crimes only). No request is being made for
personal or detailed information. No request is being made in regards to
specific investigations. The request is only for the amount of unsolved
gun crime in your area.

Refusal to answer this simple request will be taken as confirmation that
your force has a high number of unsolved gun crime and that  your force is
embarrassed for this fact to be known.

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 have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The figure we have provided is based on a search of all undetected
‘firearms’ crimes that were created between 1 January 2007 and 31 December
2011 and checked to see which crimes are undetected.  The data provided is
for ‘firearms offences’.

A firearm has been taken to be involved in an offence if it is fired, used
as a blunt instrument against a person, or used as a threat.  Firearm
possession offences, where the firearm has not been used, have not been
included.  It also does not include criminal damage involving the use of
air weapons.

The data is based on a search of crimes where either a ‘Firearms Used’
marker is present or where the ‘Weapons Used’ field contains one (or more)
of the following:

Rifle
Toy gun
Bullet
Pellet
Pellet gun
Firearm
Shotgun cartridge
Gun
Sawn off shot gun
BB gun
Taser
Stun gun
Handgun
Imitation firearm
Supposed firearm
Revolver
Paintball gun
Paintball
Replica handgun
Pistol
Air weapon
Shotgun
CS gas
CS gun

Included within the figures are crimes where the victim or witness
believes the offender had a firearm with them.  Following the subsequent
investigation into these particular incidents we have not been able to
confirm the presence of a firearm however in the interest of transparency
they are included.

There are also offences included where injury has been caused by air
weapons and damage caused by ball bearings believed discharged from a
firearm. Again, these have been included in the interest of transparency.

With the above in mind I can confirm that for the period specified there
are 187 crimes that are undetected (as of 18 January 2012).

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must
be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988
(as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you
must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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Yours sincerely

Michael Cleugh
Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor
Direct Dial:  01661 868347
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or individual to whom it is addressed.  The message may contain
information that is covered by legal, professional or other privilege.  No
mistake in transmission is intended to waive or compromise any such
privilege.  This message has been sent over public networks and the sender
cannot be held responsible for its integrity.

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copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of the information
contained herein is strictly prohibited, and is contrary to the provisions
of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 and of the Data Protection
Act, 1998.

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