Hoppings costs - 620/18

Date Responded 04 July 2018

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:

For each calendar year from 2007- 2017 (inclusive)

I would like to know;

1.         What the cost to police the Hoppings Fair is in total, for the total nine-day period they are in town for.

2.         How much the police have charged the City's Freemen each year for their services.

In Response:

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 Finance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

  1. No information held. This is not something that is collated or calculated. Time spent policing the fair are as part of normal duties and is not collated separately.
  2. The Force has not charged the City's Freemen for its services. The Force has charged Newcastle City Council. This charge is based on the Officer resource in the contract agreed with the organiser charged at the rate for Special Police Services. These rates are agreed annually and cover the full overall cost of an officer. For the financial information retained since from 2012/13 the Force charged Newcastle City Council;
















            There was no charge in 2013/14 as the Hoppings did not take place that year.

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