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Football attendance & costs - 208/18

Date Responded 23 May 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. Could you please provide the number of spectators attending (the figure of actual attendees from stadium access records) each first team football match at Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC in the 2017/18 season to date (the season beginning August 2017)

2. Could you please provide the published attendance figure (the number of tickets sold and issued) for the same fixtures mentioned above

3. Could you please provide the cost of policing each of the same fixtures mentioned above – the costs met by the force and the costs charged to each football club

4. Could you please provide the details of the police resources allocated to the same fixtures mentioned above (eg 100 police officers) 

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 in part by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

  1. No information held.  Northumbria Police hold no information other than published attendance figures.
  2. As the information you have requested at this part is accessible by other means I 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. 

I 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. 

As you state in your request at this part, you ask for the ‘published’ attendance figure.  If information is already published it is classed as in the public domain and can therefore be found by simple research or by contacting the clubs.  S21 is therefore applicable. 

  1. Only costs charged to the clubs are held and these are provided below.  We do not hold/calculate any other total costs. 

Sunderland Home Games 2017/18 Season

Opponent

Competition

£

 

 

Derby County

C'ship

          9,229

 

 

Leeds Utd

C'ship

         25,103

 

 

Sheffield United

C'ship

         16,158

 

 

Notts Forest

C'ship

           9,356

 

 

Cardiff City

C'ship

         10,268

 

 

QPR

C'ship

           7,698

 

 

Bristol City

C'ship

         13,263

 

 

Bolton Wanderers

C'ship

           7,309

 

 

Millwall

C'ship

         13,500

 

 

Reading

C'ship

           7,689

 

 

Fulham

C'ship

           5,535

 

 

Birmingham City

C'ship

         26,611

 

 

Barnsley

C'ship

         20,224

 

 

Middlesbrough

C'ship

          55,413

 

 

 

 

Newcastle Utd Home Games 2017/18 Season

 

 

Opponent

Competition

£

   

Tottenham Hotspur

Prem

              6,894

   

Nottingham Forest

Cup

              4,502

   

West Ham United

Prem

              9,612

   

Stoke City

Prem

              4,296

   

Liverpool

Prem

           12,664

   

Crystal Palace

Prem

              5,310

   

Bournmouth

Prem

              5,310

   

Watford

Prem

              5,516

   

Leicester City

Prem

           10,801

   

Everton

Prem

           13,160

   

Manchester City

Prem

              8,545

   

Brighton and Hove Albion

Prem

              5,057

   

Luton

Cup

           16,583

   

Swansea City

Prem

              4,817

   

Burnley

Prem

              4,817

 

 

Manchester United

Prem

           16,113

 

 

4.

Opponent

Number

SAFC fixtures - 2018

Derby County

46

Leeds Utd

103

Sheffield United

93

Notts Forest

46

Cardiff City

48

QPR

34

Bristol City

54

Bolton Wanderers

37

Millwall

55

Reading

46

Fulham

27

Birmingham City

105

Barnsley

51

Middlesbrough

587

 

NUFC Fixtures 2017-18 Season

 

 

 

 

 

DATE

Fixture

 

 

Total Officers

Sunday

6th August

Hellas Verona

14

Sunday

13th August

Tottenham Hotspur

36

Wednesday

23rd August

Nottingham Forest

27

Saturday

26th August

West Ham United

44

Saturday

16th September

Stoke City

27

Sunday

1st October

Liverpool

58

Saturday

21st October

Crystal Palace

31

Saturday

4th November

Bournemouth

33

Saturday

25th November

Watford

33

Saturday

9th December

Leicester City

49

Wednesday

13th December

Everton

62

Wednesday

27th December

Manchester City

41

Saturday

30th December

Brighton and Hove Albion

31

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

Saturday

6th January

Luton Town

88

Saturday

13th January

Swansea City

32

Wednesday

31st January

Burnley

34

Sunday

11th February

Manchester United

61

To note – the figures at this point are for officers allocated to police the matches. 

There will be also be officers carrying out their normal tour of duty. 

Additionally you should note that on this occasion we have considered no harm in the release of the information at this time however this may not be the case should further similar requests be made. 

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