Corona Fines Issued - 603/20

Date Responded 13 May 2020

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. Since the lockdown was put in place, have the police force across Tyne and Wear issued any fines towards those who have breached the instructions set by the Government?
  2. If so, how many fines have been issued?
  3. Do you know of the overall cost of the fines issued?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1.  Yes.

2.  As the information you have requested at this point 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.

Fines issued are published as a matter of course by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).  In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below:

3.  No information held with regards to the monies from the issue of the above mentioned fines.  This information may be available via the Local Authorities.  We would suggest that you direct this part of your query to them.

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