Date Responded 09 September 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:

Please provide the number of hate crime referrals received from the organisation in the last five years.

  • By hate crime referrals, I mean reports of suspected hate crimes sent by the organisation.
  • By the last 5 years, I mean the last 5 years to the date of my request (18/08/21).

In Response:

Northumbria Police will neither confirm nor deny any information is held specific to your request and by doing so we rely on the following exemption:

Section 40 (5) – Personal information

Consideration on applying this exemption is subject to whether the disclosure of any information would lead to identifying individuals and place information pertaining to them into the public domain.  This constitutes personal data which would, if released, be in breach of the rights provided by the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations; namely the first data protection principle, which states that personal data will be processed lawfully, fairly and transparently.  It is my view that the request runs counter to the three requirements prescribed by law and that there is no lawful basis to provide this information.  This is an absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

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