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Ethnic Breakdown Of Coronavirus Fines - 734/20

Date Responded 17 June 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. Individual police forces in England have been reporting the number of fines they have issued for breaches of the government's public health regulations to the NPCC. You can see that data here. To date, the NPCC has published data on the number of fines issued for the period 27 March to 13 April, broken down by individual force and totalled for ethnicity. Please could you provide me with the ethnic breakdown of fines issued by your force for the period 27 March to 13 April. I would expect the categories to include, but not be limited to, White, Black, Asian, Mixed/Mixed Race. There may also be a category for people who did not self-identify their ethnicity.

2. I understand the NPCC has asked forces for more recent data. Please could you also provide me with the ethnic breakdown of fines issued for the period 13 April to 11 May. I would expect the categories to include, but not be limited to, White, Black, Asian, Mixed/Mixed Race. There may also be a category for people who did not self-identify their ethnicity.

I wish to clarify a point in my FoI. The NPCC will publish data on the fines this week or next. To be clear, this will not include the ethnicity breakdown of fines by force, hence why I am asking your force for it.

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 Corporate Development Department of 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 and is as held by the department.  It should be noted that this information may be subject to change as this is ethnicity information as described at the time of the offence or from their criminal records should they have one.

Ethnicity

27 MAR 20 – 12 APR 20 Inclusive

13 APR 20 – 11 MAY 20

White European

77

160

Black

2

3

Middle Eastern

1

0

Asian

2

8

White – South European

0

1

Not Identified

0

1

 

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