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Corona Reports/Fines - 575/20

Date Responded 29 April 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:

1. I would be grateful if you could please provide:  The number of reports from members of the public of ‘concerns regarding how the Government measures to tackle Coronavirus are being adhered to’ made between 30th March & 5th April 2020

If possible I would appreciate if the information were in a format broken down by day and medium of the report (phone & online form).

2. The number of individuals (i) given a £60 fine (ii) arrested for failing to comply with requirements imposed under the Coronavirus Act 2020 between 30th March & 5th April 2020

3. The above number broken into the following categories, wherever available

Gender

Ethnicity (White/BME if specific ethnicity would be too identifying)

Age (in 10 year brackets)

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.

To note, we are interpreting point 1 to be asking for the number of reports from members of the public of persons not adhering to the guidelines, and our response is in line with that interpretation.

1.

Date

Phone

Web Form

Other

30/03/2020

13

7

1

31/03/2020

7

1

0

01/04/2020

3

0

0

02/04/2020

2

0

1

03/04/2020

2

0

0

04/04/2020

32

19

1

05/04/2020

71

16

4

 

With regards to points 2i) & 3.

As the information you have requested with regards to the number of fines issued is accessible by other means we have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

We 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.

This information is freely available via a search of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) website.  The NPCC publish national statistics, every two weeks, broken down to Force level for the number of fines issued for breaches of government public health regulations.  In order to aid and assist your further we have provided links below to the NPCC website for the news regarding these statistics and the data table.  We would ask that you take into account the information relayed in both of the links:

https://news.npcc.police.uk/releases/police-chiefs-keep-reporting-crime-to-us-during-coronavirus-outbreak-we-are-still-here-for-you

https://cdn.prgloo.com/media/1b5704836f564b04a937301aa90c4daa.png?width=640&height=960

Please note that this information will not be broken down any further, or provided in any other format.

2ii). There have been no such arrests.

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