Date Responded 23 August 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:

Can you please provide me with a list of all recorded incidences in which an arrested person, on presentation to a police custody sergeant in order to be taken into custody, was then not taken into custody? Specifically I’m referring to instances where a custody sergeant has refused to admit a person into custody. 

So it only refers to people whom officers have brought in and presented to be placed custody, but then the custody sergeant has turned them away/been unable to admit them to custody. 

I would like this information provided for:

The calendar year of 2015

The calendar year of 2016

The calendar year of 2017

The calendar year of 2018, up to June 30 (inclusive) 

For each incidence, if available, can you please provide me with the following? 

Sex of arrested person

Age of arrested person

Date of arrest

Reason for arrest

Name of police station

Date and time presented to custody sergeant

Reason/grounds for refusal of custody

Outcome (What happened to arrested person? ie. Released back into community, taken to a different custody suite, etc.) 

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 Custody Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons. 

The information requested is not held centrally nor in a format that allows its retrieval within the permitted time constraints.  For the period you are requesting there have been over 100,000 arrests in the Northumbria Police area.  Those would require a manual review to establish a response to each of your queries.  This cannot be achieved within the permitted 18 hour threshold.  As we have estimated that to locate and extract this information would far exceed the permitted 18 hours, 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. 

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