Disclosure Details

Items Confiscated From Schools - 307/11

Dated: 13 Nov 2012

Date of request:   27/04/2011

Date of response:   06/05/2011

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

Thank you for your email dated 27 April 2011 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 Act1is 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. Please list items/weapons police have confiscated from school premises along with the age of the child in possession of the item/weapon in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

  2. Was the weapon/item used to attack a school pupil or teacher (please state which)? 

  3. Was the offender arrested?

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 Corporate Development of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by
Northumbria Police.

We are unable to supply the information requested. To provide information which meets the criteria of your request, particularly at questions 2 and 3, would entail a member of staff
manually searching over 1,170 records. Even at a conservative estimate of 2-3 minutes per record we have estimated that to extract this information would take 39-58 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.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your
request. However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information that may be provided within the time constraints
would be the type of item recovered for the years specified (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). The age of the person in possession of the item is not recorded and therefore can not be provided.
You may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.

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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