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.
I would like to request under Freedom of Information the number of offences committed in your force area by suspects who have been released under investigation following the changes to bail on April 3, 2017.
Please can you answer these question
1. How many of those have gone on to offend whilst released under investigation during the month of June 2018? Please provide a breakdown if possible of the original offence and the alleged offence leading to their re-arrest or charge.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
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.
As per our response to your previous request, FOI 653/18 refers, this information is not held in a format that would allow its extraction within the permitted 18 hour threshold. For the time period you are now requesting us to consider, there were 752 people released under investigation. To find out if any of these people have re-offended we would then have to read through all 752 records and record any information found. This exercise would take well in excess of the permitted 18 hours, approximately 87 hours worth of work, 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 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.