Schools & Covid - 1372/21

Date Responded 08 November 2021

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:

In your police force area, since 13 September 2021:

1. How many times have schools reported Covid vaccine protests at or outside their school to the police? Please specify how many incidents were on school premises.

2. How many times have police attended Covid vaccine protests at our outside schools? Please specify how many incidents were on school premises.

3. How many times have schools contacted police over threatening communications relating to Covid vaccines being offered at their school? Please provide a breakdown of the type of communication where possible (e.g. telephone call or email).

4. How many people have been arrested or cautioned as a result of their actions at Covid protests at or outside schools? Please provide a breakdown of what each caution or arrest related to.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you with the caveats below noted.

• Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

• The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

1. 2 - One states that the protest was outside the school only. The other states "hanging around the entrances to the school" and no more, but has no specific indication that the person was actually on or within school grounds. As such, we have noted that in neither case did the incident log indicate the incident occurred within school grounds.

2. 2.

3. 1 – Letter.

4. None.


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