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Date Responded 13 June 2019

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:

  1. Please conduct a search of incident reports and provide me with the number of incidents that include the following terms. Please perform each search separately, and provide me with the number of times each term was referenced in each of the past three calendar years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

AirBnB

Uber

Amazon

Deliveroo

For example:

2016: Uber (49 times), Amazon (31 times)

2017: Uber (23 times), Amazon (54 times)

2. I would also like a copy of the log of each incident, in as much detail as possible, explaining the complaint, where it took place, the nature of the allegation and the ultimate outcome of the complaint.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held in a format that allows its extraction.  Keyword searches would be required on all incidents for the time periods requested using the keywords- AirBnB, Uber,Amazon, Deliveroo . We are only able to search the first three lines of incident descriptions and therefore any returns using this method would not be accurate.   It is possible that one of the keywords may feature later in the incident description but if so, that incident will not be captured using this method.  The only way to gather accurate information regarding your request would be to manually review each recorded incident in the time period requested.  With thousands of incidents recorded each year this cannot be achieved within the 18 hour time constraints.   therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.

Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to point 1 of your request, where retrieved using only the keywords for incidents in the time period requested.  This should not be seen as a definitive response for the reasons outlined above.

I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.

 

 

Year

Airbnb

Uber

Amazon

Deliveroo

Total

2016

 

63

54

11

128

2017

2

109

77

22

208

2018

3

107

84

20

211

Total

5

279

215

53

547

           
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