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Date Responded 21 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:

I am currently in the process of having a model commissioned of an ldv convoy. The same as Northumbria had in the 90’s but I am struggling to find details.

Would it be possible to get some details of the ldv convoy riot vans that were part of the fleet from 1996 onwards.

Please could this include the following;

Vehicle registration

Roof code

Base station

And most importantly any photos on file or archive!

In Response:

We shall not be offering a response to your request as we  have deemed it frivolous and of no real purpose.

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 records. This is clearly not in the spirit of the Act and disclosure can therefore be legitimately resisted.

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 situation we find ourselves in regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

It is my view that this request lacks any serious purpose and I am therefore refusing your request under section 14 (1) Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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