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.
- The total costs to your force for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) to date. Please breakdown whether the costs are legal representation or staffing or other matters
- The number of officers working on inquiries generated by referrals from the inquiry
- The number of referrals your force has received from the inquiry including the Truth Project.
- How many of these referrals have led to a criminal investigation?
- How many of the suspects referred by the inquiry or the Truth Project are dead?
- How many investigations have been launched into referrals relating to a dead suspect?
- How many referrals have been received where no suspect is identified?
- How many officers are working on investigations resulting from the inquiry in which the suspect is dead?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
The information requested is not held in a format that allows its retrieval within the permitted 18 hours. Currently the only way of providing a response to this request would be by manual review of recording systems. Unfortunately, due to this we have estimated that this would far exceed the permitted 18 hour threshold and therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below in relation to points 6&8, I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
Once an offender is identified as being deceased, the criminal investigation into that suspect would not be progressed any further although the investigation would continue to ensure victims of the dead suspect are supported and safeguarded.