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Missing Persons - 542/20

Date Responded 27 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:

For each calendar year 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and for each of the age groups 20 to 39, 40 to 59 and 60-80 years of age:

  1. How many people were reported missing to your force between this period?
  2. How many of these people were found during the specified time frame?

In Response:

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 however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested is not held in a format that allows its extraction to the specifics of this request within the permitted 18 hour threshold.

A manual review of in excess of 10,000 records would be required to extract information down to the detail you are requesting. Even at a conservative estimate of 4 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to locate, extract and compile this information would take over 666 hours, therefore 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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