Date Responded 17 March 2022

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. Copy of Strategy Board meeting minutes and,
  2. details of the composition of the Board, including names and designations for the Halo project in Hetton Le Hole.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Southern Area Command of 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.  We do not hold Strategy Board meeting minutes.
  2. As part of the information you have requested 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 this part of 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.


Some names and designations are already published and therefore freely available.  These can be found on the Northumbria Police news item on the link below.


Those names not already published will not be provided and by doing so we rely on the below exemption to withhold.


Section 40 (2) - Personal Information 


Section 40 (2) is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in disclosure.  That being said where Section 40(2) is engaged in order to make the exemption absolute there needs to be evidence that a data protection principle would be breached by disclosure.  In this case it would not be fair to process information which, we believe by providing all the information you have requested, could lead to the identification of an individual.  Therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be breached. 

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