Disclosure Details

Stephen Mitchell - 698/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   03/09/2012

Date of response:   20/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 3 September 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: 

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act. My request relates to the case of PC Stephen Mitchell (the Northumbria officer jailed for a number of offences, including sexually assaulting women prisoners.

I appreciate this request follows a similar request made in February 2012.  However, I anticipate the figures given at the time may have changed and, in short, I am trying to find out the latest information relating to this case and have therefore refined my questions to:

  1. Your response in February indicated the number of victims in contact with Northumbria Police with a view to receiving compensation was 10. Is this figure still the same ? If not, what is the latest figure ? (I'm looking for the overall total - i.e. how many have been in touch at any time).

  2. What is the latest figure in relation to compensation paid to victims ? (The figure in April was £31,500).

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 Legal Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. No, this figure has changed and is now 12.

  2. A total of £36,500.00 has been paid in response of claims where it was appropriate to make a settlement.

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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