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Prison Incidents (1418/17)


Please accept the following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act:

  • The number of incidents attended at prisons and youth detention centres in each year from 2011 to 2016?
  • The number of these incidents which were linked to ‘legal highs’ or ‘NPS’ such as ‘Spice’ or ‘Black Mamba’? Please provide figures broken down by year.


Please find attached our response, please bear in mind that some of the incidents recorded may not necessarily have occurred on the prison premises, rather the prison may be the nearest identifiable landmark and so has been entered into the incident report.  With regard to Youth Detention Centres, please note that these are known as Young Offender Institutions (YOI) and there are none within the West Midlands Police force area.  Note also that HMP Birmingham does not accommodate young offenders.

There are no logs prior to 2014 linked to legal highs and HMP Birmingham.

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 taken into account 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 taken into account 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.