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Date Responded 11 April 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. A list of all Northumbria police stations where there is an operational Home Office approved breathalyzer device installed.

2. The number of individuals arrested for drink driving, taken to Middle Engine Lane Police Station and subsequently released without charge when they provided an evidential sample of breath containing 40 microgrammes or less of alcohol in 100 ml of breath.

3. The date, time and location that those individuals, mentioned in response to Q2 above, were arrested for drink driving.

4. The date and time that those individuals, mentioned in response to Q2 above, provided an evidential sample of breath containing 40 microgrammes or less of alcohol in 100 ml of breath. 

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 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. 

1.

Berwick

Alnwick

Bedlington

Middle Engine Lane

South Shields

Southwick

Forth Banks

Etal Lane 

Questions 2, 3 & 4.  It should be noted that the reason for the approximate times is that they are based on the time that the custody sergeants recorded the –ve breath sample on the electronic custody record.  All entries are very close to the time that the sample was given. The books in the camic room do not have the time at which the –ve sample was recorded. The only place where this would be held is potentially attached to the paper-based custody record.  However each of those custody records would have to be manually reviewed.  This would involve locating the custody record from the station where they were taken to and checking to see if the information was attached, which would attract a S12 exemption.  With regards to the actual date the sample was taken, we have provided as much information as possible without attracting exemptions and have provided the month only. 

With the above in mind, please find the information as below. 

Information data is between 01/01/2017 and 16/01/2018. 

Arrested for 803/01 (Drive Unfit through drink / drugs – unclear which) between 010117 and 160118 and released where sample was 40 or below = 3 

June 2017

Time of arrest = 2255 hrs,  location : Whitley Bay; date and time of sample under 40 = Approx 2344 hrs 

November 2017

Time of arrest = 0225 hrs, Location : North Shields; date and time of sample under 40 = Approx 0334 hrs

Time of arrest = 2330 hrs,Location : Wallsend; date and time of sample under 40 = Approx 0017 hrs 

Arrested for 803/02 (Driving Above Limit) Between 010117 and 160118 and released NFA where sample was 40 or below = 26 

January 2017

Time of arrest = 0045 hrs, location : Ashington; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0212 hrs

Time of arrest = 1820 hrs, location : Annitsford ; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1948 hrs 

March 2017

Time of arrest = 2101 hrs, location: Blyth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 2219 hrs

Time of arrest = 0005 hrs, location: Ashington; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0100 hrs

Time of arrest = 0950 hrs, location: North Shields; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1103 hrs

Time of arrest = 1755 hrs, location: Blyth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1910 hrs 

April 2017

Time of arrest = 1234 hrs, location: Ashington; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1403 hrs

Time of arrest = 1239 hrs, location: Wallsend; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1324 hrs

Time of arrest = 0004 hrs, location: North Shields; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0029 hrs 

May 2017

Time of arrest = 1325 hrs, location : Morpeth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1405 hrs

Time of arrest = 2020 hrs, location: North Tyneside; time of sample under 40 = Approx 2115 hs 

June 2017

Time of arrest = 2200 hrs, location: Alnwick; time of sample under 40 = Approx 2310 hrs

Time of arrest = 1701 hrs, location: Blyth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1757 hrs

Time of arrest = 0315 hrs, Location: Blyth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0347 hrs

Time of arrest = 2340 hrs, Location: Gateshead; time of sample under 40 = 0058 hrs 

August 2017

Time of arrest = 2125 hrs, Location: Bebside, Blyth; time of sample under 40 = 2222 hrs

Time of arrest = 0310 hrs, Location: Northumberland; time of sample under 40 = 0432 hrs 

September 2017

Time of arrest = 1929 hrs, Location: Bedlingon; time of sample under 40 = 2050 hrs

Time of arrest = 0010 hrs Location: Ashington; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0030 hrs 

October 2017

Time of arrest = 0725 hrs, Location:  Prudhoe, time of sample under 40 = Approx 0933 hrs

Time of arrest = 0025 hrs, Location : Gateshead; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0128 hrs

Time of arrest = 2205 hrs, Location: Tynemouth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 2259 hrs 

November 2017

Time of arrest = 0040 hrs, Location: Stannington, Northumberland; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0147 hrs

Time of arrest = 0030 hrs, Location: Wallsend, N Tyneside; time of sample under 40 = 0122 hrs 

December 2017

Time of arrest = 0016 hrs, Location: Ashington; time of sample under 40 = 0109 hrs

Time of arrest = 0255 hrs, Location: South Shields; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0359 hrs 

January 2018

Time of arrest = 0418 hrs, Location: Blyth; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0513 hrs 

Arrested for 803/09 (Drive/Attempt to drive M/V whilst unfit through drink) where sample was 40 or below = 2 

November 2017

Time of arrest = 0023 hrs, Location: Cramlington; time of sample under 40 = Approx 0133 hrs 

January 2018

Time of arrest = 1745 hrs, Location: Northumberland; time of sample under 40 = Approx 1937 hrs 

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