Bars & Pubs - 838/12
Dated: 30 Jul 2015
Date of request: 26/10/2012
Date of response: 12/11/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 26 October 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I would like to respectfully ask for the information regarding police call outs to bars and pubs in Newcastle Upon Tyne city centre that resulted in convictions for the following offences.
- Assault, aggravated assault, battery
- Drug possession
Could the details please be from the past 3 calendar years and be broken down by postal code location. Would you also include the following details?
- The names of the bars and pubs which received these call-outs.
- Which offences happened at each bar/pub
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
As advised earlier, this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 809/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Newcastle Area Command of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. however can not be disclosed for the following reasons.
As advised in your previous request, FOI 809/12 refers, this information is not held in an easily retrievable format. The information you are now requesting is substantially similar to your previous request, with the addition of another year to research. An example search on drug possession alone for the 2010 period brought back 146 results. Each of these would then need to be manually viewed to establish if they were at bars and pubs before analysing further to see if they resulted in a charge. We would then need to look into the court screen record of each arrested person to establish whether this resulted in a conviction. The process would then need to be repeated for all assaults, Murder, Manslaughter and GBH offences for the three years in question before presenting the findings and breaking these down further by postcode. Even at a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per record, which we have considered as a reasonable minimum, we have estimated that to extract this information, using 1000 incidents as an estimate, would take over 83 hours, therefore Section 12 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 that part of 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.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.
Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest. The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester. I have provided the relevant link below:-
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How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us underour complaints procedure which can be found at:http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp
If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.