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Mobile phone offence - 009/18

Date Responded 16 January 2018

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:

The number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Please could you provide the details by month from January 2016 to December 2017 inclusive. 

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Fixed Penalty Unit 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 as follows. 

With regard to information up to August 2017 the below exemption is applicable

As 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 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.

This information is already freely available via the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log. FOI 1054/17 refers. 

With regards to September 2017 to December 2017 I respond as below. 

Sept 17 – 55

Oct 17 – 49        

Nov 17 - 47

Dec 17 – 27*  Please note that not all FPN’s for December have yet been processed through our system.  This could potentially take another few weeks. 

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