Disclosure Details

Football Banning Orders - 344/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:    06/04/2012

Date of response:   02/05/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 06 April  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: 

I am writing to request information from Northumbria Police under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. My questions, which are set out below, all relate to Football Banning Orders that are issued under Section 14 (b), also known as a Banning Order issued 'on complaint' or 'on application.'

  1. Does Northumbria Police keep a list, or file, or any other database, of names and details of risk supporters for the purposes of drawing up such applications?

  2. Does Northumbria Police record or retain information on football supporters that have no convictions or history of criminal charges to their name?

  3. If such information is kept, how long is it retained?

  4. When Northumbria Police officers and force solicitors prepare an application relating to a particular football supporter, is there a document or documents setting out internal guidelines helping them to weigh up the evidence and decide whether to take an application forward to court? In particular, are there any guidelines that specifically refer to the question of doubt and probability: is there any guideline in place to help officers and solicitors make a judgement call about whether evidence shows that a suspect was involved in criminal activity, or simply suggests that he might have been involved?

  5. I would like to see copies of all such documents or guidelines.

  6. Does Northumbria Police have any kind of formal information-sharing agreements with any of the local professional football clubs? Please give me the details of these agreements.

  7. How many banning order applications has Northumbria Police made under Section 14(b) in the last 10 years, with figures broken down per calendar year, including 2012 to date.

  8. How many of these applications have been successful, resulting in a banning order being made by a court? Again, please break these figures down per year, including 2012 to date.

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

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

  1. Yes.

  2. Yes.

  3. Once the information is on the Force Computerised Information Systems it is retained for the purpose of football banning orders for ten years.  However such information is subject to regular review and can be retained for as long as it is considered necessary for any policing purpose. All information/intelligence, such as CCTV footage is routinely reviewed and unless subject to ongoing investigation, disposed of within 5 years.

  4. No information held, as there is no such document within the Football Unit.  The football banning order application is prepared by a constable from the Football Unit, checked by the Football Unit Sergeant and then submitted to the Force Legal Department for the final decision as to whether there is sufficient information/evidence and if so a summons is issued.

  5. N/A.

  6. Yes, Northumbria Police have ISA's with both clubs - copy attached below:-

  7. Northumbria Police has made the following number of Banning Order applications under Section 14(b).  Please note the information held is from 2008 onwards only.
    2012     2
    2011     7
    2010     9
    2009    19
    2008    2

  8. The number of these application that have successful, resulting in a banning order being made by a court are as follows.  Again, the information held is from 2008 onwards only.
               Successful           Unsuccessful
    2012          2                        0
    2011          5                        2
    2010          6                        3
    2009        17                        2
    2008         1                         1

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How to complain

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