Investigations - 742/19

Date Responded 02 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:

“I would like the most up to date cost of the Northumbria Police investigation into Carl Stephen Beech, now 51, which was launched in October 2016 at the request of the Metropolitan Police. Following the inquiry, Mr Beech was charged in July 2018 with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud, relating to a series of allegedly false child sex abuse and murder claims he made to the Met in 2014/2015 (which were probed in an inquiry called Operation Midland). I would the costs of the Northumbria Police inquiry into Beech to include the salaries of full time and part-time police officers and staff, overtime, travel and accommodation expenses, and payments to any non police employees. “

In Response:

The total of the costs incurred, as recorded by Northumbria Police to date on this case, is £1,038,849, of which £881,763 has been charged to the Metropolitan Police Force. This  leaves a net cost to Northumbria Police of £157,086.   

Please note the trial is ongoing and that any report about the case must be limited, however we have assessed no harm being caused in the release of the information requested on this occasion.

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