Disclosure Details

Pegida Rally 227/15

Dated: 12 Mar 2015

Date of request:      02/03/15

Date of response:    11/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 2 March 2015 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.I request to know how many officers were deployed to deal with the PEGIDA UK rally and Newcastle Unites March and rally in Newcastle City Centre 28th February 2015. 
2. I request to know how many if this particular event had a assigned operation name. 
3. I request to know was their any external forces involved in the policing of this event. 
4. I request to know who was the gold commander for this assigned demonstration. 
5. I request to know how much this event cost to police (for clarity this means any additional officers drafted in and or over time paid to police officers if not covered under their ordinary policing duties)  

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 within 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.

1 349 officers deployed to deal with the rally 
2.Operation Teal 
3. No mutual aid was requested. 
4. ACC Farrell. 
5 No information held.  These costs have not yet been collated.

Further information regarding the demonstrations can be found on the Northumbria Police website. In order to assist I have provided the relevant link below:


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 data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

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/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/

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.