Disclosure Details

Sex Offenders - 644/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   14/08/2012

Date of response:   04/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 14 August 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 sex offenders have been found to have travelled abroad during the legal three days they are allowed to under the current law?

  2. And how many sex offenders have left the country without notifying police and then police have been unable to find them for a period of time?  And in each case (if there are any), please tell me how long they had remained hidden from police authorities.

  3. How many sex offenders escaped abroad and have not yet been found by police authorities (if any)? 

  4. How many registered sex offenders have changed their name without notifying police within three days of using their new name?  Please give as much detail about each case (if there were any), including, how police discovered the sex offender(s) had changed their name? And how long they had been using their new name before they were discovered?

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 Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed as the following reasons apply.

We have responded to your earlier request, FOI 601/12 refers, with a Section 12 notice due to the cost and time limits under the Acts legislation.  That previous request will be aggregated with this request as it is on the same subject matter, Sex Offenders.  It automatically is over cost and time due to your previous request, however I have to advise that even considered on its own, this request would also exceed the time constraints, particularly regarding question 4, for the reasons outlined in our response to another recent request from you, FOI 645/12 refers.

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for 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, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the number of registered sexual offenders whose whereabouts are unknown.  You should note however that this information would only be accurate as of the date/time it was collated.

If this would be useful you may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly.

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:-


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 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. 


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