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Date Responded 18 July 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. The number of reports of "upskirting" for each of the financial years 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.
  2. The date and any details held on the victim or perpetrator such as age or ethnicity involving prosecutions under the upskirting law, and whether it led to a conviction.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information has been requested previously, released and is published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log.  A simple search for “upskirting” on the Log will bring back results.  I can confirm there have been no other instances.

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