Account Freezing Orders - 1121/21

Date Responded 12 October 2021

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:

I would like the information to be broken down by calendar years.

 

  1. The number of account freezing orders issued since 2017 - both combined and broken down by year
  2. The number of cases using account freezing orders that have resulted in a prosecution since 2017 - broken down by year
  3. The total amount of money / value of assets frozen by the force as a result of Account Freezing Orders - broken down by year (each year since first introduced)
  4. The amount of money / returned when Account Freezing Orders have been discharged / cases were not pursued since 2017 - broken down by year
  5. The amount of money / value of assets returned when Account Freezing Orders have been lifted / cases were not pursued since 2017 - broken down by year
  6. The number of times account freezing orders have been challenged / number of cases brought against the force concerning this issue since 2017 - broken down by year
  7. How many of these cases have been successful / resulted in the account freezing order being overturned since 2017 - broken down by year

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

All information as of 17 August 2021

 

1. 9 account freezing orders.  (Please note this is freezing orders in 9 cases.  It does count every order made in each case):

    2019 – 2

    2020 – 3

    2021 – 4

2. If this point if referring to criminal prosecution – 0.

3. £156,267.89

    2019 - £55,291.69

    2020 - £35,061.00

    2021 - £51,305.44

4. This seems to be the same question as Q5 below.

5. 2020 - £15,061

6. 8 cases challenged. No cases brought against the Force to our knowledge.

7. None – although one order allowed to expire.

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