Face mask breaches - 1287/20

Date Responded 02 September 2020

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:

Could you please tell me how many fines your force has handed out for breaching these new mask rules within the first month. To be clear, this would be from Friday 24th July- Friday 21st August, inclusive.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.


As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

Such requests have been submitted previously, responded to and published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log.

The  information on those responses is still current and therefore offers a response to your submission.  FOI 1240/20 refers and the link to the Log is provided below.

A similar request was also submitted from the whatdotheyknow website and therefore direction to our Disclosure Log can also be found there in response.

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