Disclosure Details

Tyne & Wear derby - 006/15

Dated: 16 Jan 2015

Date of request:      05/01/15

Date of response:   16/01/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 5 January 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: 

My questions are regarding to the Tyne & Wear Derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC on December 21st 2014.

1.Was there any damage to any vehicles, buildings, shops, houses or landmark statues declared on December 21st between the hours of 9am-9pm on December 21st in the Newcastle city centre, on the day of the Newcastle v Sunderland football match, and if so, how much?
2.  Was there any sort of police involvement to help Sunderland AFC fans safely make their way through the city of Newcastle on December 21st, and safely make their way in to St James' Park stadium?
3.  How many arrests were there on the 21st Dec 2014 in connection with the Newcastle v Sunderland game,
4.and regarding exact figures, how does this compare to the amount of arrests from football matches between the two teams at St James' Park over the past 10 years?


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. There was one case of criminal damage to a pub and two cases of criminal damage to a motor vehicle in Newcastle city centre on December 21st 2014 during 9am and 9pm.
2. A comprehensive policing and partnership operation was put in place in Newcastle, Sunderland and across the transport infrastructure on the 21st December.  This operation ensured a police presence at all key points.  The policing style was very engaging and reassuring. Feedback from both sets of fans, businesses and the general public has been very positive about the operation.
3. 25
2013/14 season – 8 arrests
2012/13 season – 140 arrests
2011/12 season – 19 arrests
2010/11 season – 49 arrests
2009/10 season – The clubs did not face each other
2008/09 season – 35 arrests
2007/08 season – 35 arrests
2006/07 season -   The clubs did not face each other
2005/06 season – 6 arrests
2004/05 season - The clubs did not face each other


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.

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