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.
- Under legislation in the Republic of Ireland, contained under section 10(3) of the Sex Offenders Act 2001, where a person on the sex offenders’ register in Ireland intends to leave the State for a period of 7 days or more, he/she must notify the Irish police of that intention, so that the Irish authorities can notify the relevant authorities in the jurisdiction he intends travelling.
Please can you tell me:
How many such notifications have your police force received from the Irish Republic authorities, per year, from 2007-17?
- Under The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Notification Requirements) (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, England/Wales police are obliged to notify foreign authorities where a person on the England/Wales sex offenders register travels abroad.
Please can you tell me:
How many such notifications has your police force made to the Republic of Ireland authorities, per year, from 2007-17?
3.. Of the notifications referred to above in part (2), how many sex offenders were prevented from travelling to the Republic of Ireland?
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 Safeguarding Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
- Having liaised with the relevant department, it has been confirmed that we are not aware of receiving any notifications directly from the Irish Republic.
- It has been confirmed that the police are not under an obligation to notify foreign authorities where such a person travels to that country, and any such notifications are not made directly to the police in that country. As such, this data is not held.
- No information held. Northumbria Police will not receive notification of any offender who was prevented from travelling to the Republic of Ireland (as in refused entry), unless the receiving authority undertakes to do so. Any instance of a UK travelling registered sex offender being refused entry to the Republic of Ireland would prompt notification to the UK International Crime Bureau (UKICB).