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Firearms Offences 18years and Under

Question

For the calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015 and for the period January 1st 2016 to January 25th 2016, please could you provide the following information: 

Q1. The number of boys and girls aged under 18 who were arrested for firearm offences. 

Q2. The number of boys and girls aged under 11 who were arrested for firearm offences. 

Q3. The number of people aged under 18 who were charged with firearm offences. For each offence, could you provide the gender and age of each person charged and brief details of the offence.

Answer

Please find the information for question 1, in the table below. In relation to question 2, no individuals under the age of 11 years have been arrested for firearms offences. I am unable to provide you with the information requested in question 3 as to provide all the information together as you have asked would identify personal information. 

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes. 

Question

2013

2014

2015

2016 (to January 25th)

Total

Number   individuals aged under 18 arrested for firearms offences

10

9

13

3

35

 

FOI Reference: 160/16