Disclosure Details

Derby Matches - 818/12

Dated: 06 Nov 2012

Date of request:   18/10/2012

Date of response:   30/10/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 18 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.

You asked: 

  1. How many arrests were there at the Tyne Wear Derby on 4th March 2012 which were  football related? 

  2. What measures get put in place for this game to stop crowd trouble which wouldn’t normally?  By this I mean any measures such as extra policing etc which aren't in place for any regular (non derby) match at the Stadium of Light?

  3. How many police officers are used in the operation of controlling a derby game when these Tyne-wear derbies occur?"

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 Operations Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

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  2. As the information you have requested at this part 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.

    Information which answers this part of your request has been released by Northumbria Police and is in the public domain.
    Such information has been published on our website and via local press.
    In order to assist I have provided relevant links below.






    No further information, if requested, would be released that would impact on the prevention and detection of crime or law enforcement, and relevant exemptions would be applied to withhold and protect such details.

  3. Approximately 700 officers are utilised for such matches

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

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 under our 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.


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