Twitter Crime - 925/12
Dated: 10 Dec 2012
Date of request: 22/11/2012
Date of response: 10/12/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 22 November 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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In the six month period from 1.5.12 to 31.10.12 how many crimes were logged by your force where Twitter was recorded as being an element in the offence. [Note: I would hope that this could be achieved by a computer search on the MO of the crimes for the word ‘Twitter’ or ‘tweet’].
Please provide me with a table showing a breakdown of the crimes from Q.1 that are ‘linked’ to Twitter by its mention in the MO.
Taking the month of September please provide me with copies of the first 10 MOs that mention either Twitter or Tweet. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for the names, ages, addresses, geography or any other detail to be redacted to allow the disclosure of the incident and how it relates to Twitter.
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 Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. No such offences have been recorded.
Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relating to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by virtue of the following exemption:-
Section 23 (5) Information relating to the Security bodies
Section 23 is an absolute class-based exemption and therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. To give a statement of the reasons why neither confirming nor denying is appropriate in this case would itself involve the disclosure of exempt information, therefore under Section 17 (4), no explanation can be given. It is therefore our opinion that the balance lies in favour of neither confirming nor denying as to whether any other information is held or not.
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