Arrests under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

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Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Please provide the number of arrests made under the Psychoactive Substances Act since May 2016, broken down by month and by the offence suspected of being committed. This information should be available by conducting a search of the NSPIS for CJS codes that begin with ‘PS160’.

Please also provide the number of these arrests where nitrous oxide was the substance in question. This information should be available by searching the above records for the following terms:

Laughing gas
Nitrous oxide
NOS
NO2
Canisters
Gas canisters
Balloons

Please provide the requested data in Excel format.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Wilding

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr Wilding

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref: 001784/18

I write in reply to your e-mail received 09/04/2018 requesting information as reproduced below.

Our reference for the request is 001784/18.

Your request is being processed and you may expect a reply within 20 working days, which will be 08/05/2018. In some circumstances we may not be able to achieve this timescale, but if this is likely to be the case you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a revised timescale.

Yours sincerely

Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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Kelly Ian,

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Dear Mr Wilding    

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref:
001784/18

 

With reference to your e-mail received 09/04/2018 requesting information
as reproduced below:

 

Please provide the number of arrests made under the Psychoactive
Substances Act since

May 2016, broken down by month and by the offence suspected of being
committed. This

information should be available by conducting a search of the NSPIS for
CJS codes that

begin with ‘PS160’.

 

Please also provide the number of these arrests where nitrous oxide was
the substance in

question. This information should be available by searching the above
records for the

following terms:

 

Laughing gas

Nitrous oxide

NOS                                                                                                     

NO2

Canisters

Gas canisters

Balloons

 

I can confirm that Northamptonshire Police holds the information requested
as follows:

 

7 Arrests Possession of a Psychoactive Substance with Intent to Supply

June 2016 – 1

October 2016 – 2

April 2017 – 1

May 2017 – 1

August 2017 – 1

 

Import a Psychoactive Substance

November 2017 – 1

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[1][email address
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

 

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Dear Mr. Kelly,

Thank you for your response. Are you please able to provide the number of these arrests where the substance in question was nitrous oxide / laughing gas?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr wilding

It has been recorded in one arrest

Yours sincerely

Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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Dear Mr. Kelly,

Thank you for clarifying. Please can you tell me if this was for suspected possession or import?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Dear Mr. Kelly,

Further to my previous email, please could you provide this clarification? Alternatively, can a new request be opened for this information?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr Wilding

Can you please clarify what additional information you are requesting please as I believe I have already answered your request

Yours sincerely

Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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Dear Mr. Kelly,

Please can you tell me if the arrest relating to nitrous oxide, referred to in your response on 23 April, was for suspected possession with intent to supply or import of a psychoactive substance?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Kelly Ian,

Dear Mr Wilding

The record shows that in September 2017 the arrested person was involved in the import of a class b psychoactive substance into the UK

Yours sincerely

Ian Kelly
Information Unit Manager
Tel: 101 Ext 346940
[email address]
Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ
If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222
Northamptonshire Police: Putting Communities First

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Dear Mr. Kelly,

Sorry for the need for further clarification but your initial response does not refer to an arrest in September 2017. Are you referring to the arrest for import in November 2017?

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding

Bailey Michael,

Dear Mr Wilding,

 

Ian is no longer working as the FOI officer. I have picked this up to
ensure everything is fully and finally clarified. I will answer your
original request below.

 

Your first question was:

 

Please provide the number of arrests made under the Psychoactive
Substances Act since

May 2016, broken down by month and by the offence suspected of being
committed. This

information should be available by conducting a search of the NSPIS for
CJS codes that

begin with ‘PS160’.

 

Our answer was:

 

7 Arrests Possession of a Psychoactive Substance with Intent to Supply

June 2016 – 1

October 2016 – 2

April 2017 – 1

May 2017 – 1

August 2017 – 1

 

Import a Psychoactive Substance

November 2017 – 1

 

 

Your second question was:

 

Please also provide the number of these arrests where nitrous oxide was
the substance in

question. This information should be available by searching the above
records for the

following terms:

 

Laughing gas

Nitrous oxide

NOS

NO2

Canisters

Gas canisters

Balloons

 

Our answer was:

 

One

 

 

You have subsequently made a new request not covered in the original,
which was helpfully answered for you as a part of this FOI:

 

Please can you tell me if the arrest relating to nitrous oxide, referred
to in your response on

23 April, was for suspected possession with intent to supply or import of
a psychoactive

substance?

 

Our answer is:

 

import

 

Please ignore the date of September as this date is not relevant to your
question. It looks like a miscommunication our end which has clearly
caused confusion.

 

Please accept our apology’s for any delay and inconvenience. We now
believe your FOI answered and clarified in full.

 

Kind regards

 

Michael Bailey (C0106) | Professional Standards | Information
Assurance Unit | Information Auditor  

Telephone 101 | Ext 343130

Email [email address]

Address Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Northampton, NN4 0JQ

If calling from outside Northamptonshire please call 03000 111 222

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Bailey,

Thank you for this clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Wilding