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Banning Orders - 900/18

Date Responded 02 October 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:

  1. How many individuals does Northumbria Police identify as "risk supporters" in relation for each of the following clubs: Newcastle United; Sunderland AFC; Gateshead FC; Blyth Spartans; South Shields FC.
  2. Separately, how many banning orders are currently active on fans associated with the following clubs: Newcastle United; Sunderland AFC; Gateshead FC; Blyth Spartans; South Shields FC.
  3. Could you please provide the criteria which the force considers when identifying a fan as a "risk supporter".

 

 

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 Football Unit of 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. No information held.  Northumbria Police follow the UKFPU and college of Policing definition of a football risk supporter:

risk supporter – a person, known or not, who can be regarded as posing a possible risk to public order or antisocial behaviour, whether planned or spontaneous, at or in connection with a football event”

Because a risk supporter can be spontaneous, an exact number of individuals will never be accumulated and therefore not held. 

 

2.

NUFC – 75

SAFC – 43

Gateshead – 0

Blyth Spartans – Does not fall within the banned risk supporters legislation.

South Shields – Does not fall within the banned risk supporters legislation.

 

 

3. See point 1.

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