Disclosure Details

UFO reports - 707/13

Dated: 11 Oct 2013

Date of request:     21/09/2013

Date of response:   07/10/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 21 September 2013 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 would be grateful if you could provide me with the following:-

1. Details of any alleged sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), within the jurisdiction of Northumbria Police , since 1st January 2008.

2. When these sightings occurred - a date would suffice, although I would be grateful for a time, too.

3.  Where these sightings occurred - at the very least, I would like the area of command. However, a more specific place name would be hugely appreciated - for example, the name of a village, a town, or a ward.

4.  How these sightings were reported.

5.  How each sighting was dealt with by the relevant neighbourhood team.

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 Strategy and Performance Unit  of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
This information is based on searching for all incidents with the phrase 'UFO' in the initial incident description, as perceived by  the caller.
You should note that not all calls were dealt with by the relevant neighbourhood team-this is detailed below in 'outcome'.

With the above in mind please see the below attached which answers your queries. 

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/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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