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.
- Please disclose how many registered sex offenders there are in Northumbria Police's Patch.
- Please disclose the street which has the most registered sex offenders living on it.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
To note, we are interpreting ‘Northumbria Police's Patch.’ To be Northumbria Police force area.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Safeguarding Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.
There are, as of the date of this submission, 1,691 RSO in the force area (that supplies a response to point 1). Each of these would require manual review to locate, extract and compile a list of addresses to even indicate if one street had more than one such offender living there. This exercise cannot be achieved within the 18 hour threshold, 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.
I can advise that had Section 12 not been wholly applicable this information would have been withheld anyway by relevant exemptions, namely Section 40 Personal Information, Section 31 Law Enforcement, and Section 38 Health and Safety.