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.
Please disclose a full log of all the incidents reported to your force on December 25 2018.
For each incident please disclose:
- The time
- The postcode it was reported
- The nature of the incident, as reported to the force. For example: 'A male has claimed his partner has been abusive and stabbed him with a knife. Male has reported injuries'
- The outcome (NFA, charged, out of court disposal etc)
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
On 25 December 2018 there were 798 incidents recorded. To answer your queries each of those incidents would require a manual review to extract the details you are requesting. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 66 hours, 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.
Under Section 16 of the Act, in order to aid and assist, I can advise that we could provide the time, opening description of the incident, e.g burglary, domestic, and if an incident has a crime attached to it we could provide an outcome to that offence.
If that would be useful you may wish to resubmit a request for that information.