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Date Responded 23 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:

Hi, I was wondering if you show any pics of the Gun lockers you use/d in your X5/XC70, I do modelling for a game as a side hobby and my project is creating my home force which is Northumbria Police. I want to try making them as specific as possible to the IRL,

I really liked the XC70, shame they were decommissioned? If you have any pics that i can use to replicate them, that would be great :)

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) 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.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

To establish a response at point 1 would entail searches being made throughout the force to establish if any department, police officer, member of police staff, volunteer, Special Constable, PCSO holds a picture of the item you are requesting.  This exercise cannot be achieved within the 18 time restraints of the Act.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.

You should note that had Section 12 not been fully applicable other exemptions would have been applied to withhold, in this instance Section 31 – Law Enforcement would have been engaged.

In addition the below should be noted.

Section 14 (1) - Freedom of Information Act 2000

Section 14 of the Freedom of Information Act does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the request is deemed as Vexatious.

There is no definition of ‘vexatious’ within the Act but it is to be given its ordinary meaning.  The aim of this provision is to reduce the burden of compliance with requests that are unreasonable or aimed to cause annoyance, harassment or disruption or requests lacking in serious purpose or value and to prevent abuse of the right to know.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) defines frivolous requests as ‘The subject matter is inane or extremely trivial and the request appears to lack any serious purpose.  The request is made for the sole purpose of amusement.’  It would appear that your request lacks any tangible benefit to the general public and merely seeks to take advantage of the Act for your personal requirements.  This is clearly not in the spirit of the Act and disclosure can therefore be legitimately resisted, as we see no benefit to the wider public in this information being disclosed.

It is not in the public interest to take officers or staff away from their day to day duties in order to seek out information relevant only to you to assist in your hobby.  This is particularly relevant in the current pandemic situation.

You should note therefore that any further similar requests from you will not be responded to.

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