Date Responded 11 February 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:

Please could you provide information on the number of outstanding FTA warrants there are in the Northumbria force area.

Include the offence for which the suspect was charged, the name of the suspect and the date on which the warrant was 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 by Northumbria Police.

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

Please see the attached document which provides the number of outstanding FTA warrants along with the date of issue and the offence to which it relates.

Regarding the names of the suspect - when we release the name of a wanted suspect it is because all other avenues have been exhausted and this is the last resort to try and track them down, or there is an immediate risk to the public and we so we need to trace them quickly.  When this information is released there is no set time limit, and the information will stay in the public domain until the person is found.  Once located we send out an update to media asking them to remove appeals and we do the same.  Obviously where these have been printed in newspapers, there is no way to erase them.

Therefore, for any names of individuals already released into the public domain I have not provided you with a copy of these and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for this part 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.

Some of this information has been released and is published in various media outlets, including Facebook and twitter.  A simple internet search should provide you with some results.

For names not previously released into the public domain – these will not be disclosed and we will rely on the following exemption:

Section 40 - Personal information

Section 40 – This exemption is a class based absolute exemption - This means that the legislators have identified that there would be harm in disclosure and there is no need to evidence this or carry out a public interest test.

It should be noted that had we not applied both S21 and S40 exemptions to the names of the suspects, then Section 12 would have been relevant.  As to provide the names of the suspects which are already in the public domain would entail a manual search of all 442 names to ascertain what information, if any, is already in the public domain about each of them.  We have estimated that this exercise would take in excess of 36 hours, therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would have been applicable.

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