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Drugs arrests under 16 years of age (953A/22 & 969A/22)

Request

953A/22:

 

the number of under 16’s who were arrested for drug offences (including possession and intent to supply) between 2014 and June 2022.

 

As part of this request, I would like the information to be broken down into the following;

 

  1. i) The number of under 16’s arrested for drug offences, broken down into years (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2016 etc) and a grand total;

 

  1. ii) The number of under 16’s arrested for drug offences, broken down into offence type (e.g. possession, intent to supply);

 

iii) Out of the grand total, how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class A substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class A substances

 

  1. iv) Out of the grand total, how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class C substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class C substances;

 

  1. v) The youngest under 16 to be arrested for drug possession, and the youngest under 16 to be arrested for supplying;

 

969A/22: 

 

I would also like data on how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class B substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class B substances within said time frame.

 

Therefore, joined together this request reads as:

 

I write under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act to request the number of under 16’s who were arrested for drug offences (including possession and intent to supply) between 2014 and June 2022.

 

As part of this request, I would like the information to be broken down into the following;

 

  1. i) The number of under 16’s arrested for drug offences, broken down into years (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2016 etc) and a grand total;

 

  1. ii) The number of under 16’s arrested for drug offences, broken down into offence type (e.g. possession, intent to supply);

 

iii) Out of the grand total, how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class A substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class A substances

 

  1. iv) Out of the grand total, how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class B substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class B substances

 

  1. v) Out of the grand total, how many under 16’s were arrested for possession and supply of Class C substances, and how many under 16’s were arrested for supply of Class C substances;
  2. vi) The youngest under 16 to be arrested for drug possession, and the youngest under 16 to be arrested for supplying; (for each year please)

 

Response

Please find attached our response. (953A 22 & 969A 22 attachment)

 

Please note that there are many different drug offences and we have listed them all for clarity.

 

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently, statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are considered when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be considered when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

 

Attachments

953A and 969a 2022 attachment