Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Sarah Wilson and I am using a WhatDoTheyKnowAccount shared with my colleagues Harriet Clugston and Claire Wilde. I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from you:

I would like you to provide me with the number of people arrested by the force during their participation in a protest from the beginning (01/01/20) of 2020 up to 31/05/21 broken down by month. For each person arrested, I would like you to provide me with the protest type (e.g. Black Lives Matter, 5G, pro-life) attended, the person’s age, sex and ethnicity, and the power under which they were arrested.

In addition to this, I would like you to provide me with the outcome of each person’s arrest: e.g. a fine, a charge.

I would appreciate the information in spreadsheet format if possible. If there is any way in which you would like me to refine or explain my request further, please let me know.

Yours Sincerely,

Sarah Wilson

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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Enquiry Ref: 12988/2021

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information received by this office on 4th June 2021.

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Ms E McGuigan
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Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
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Freedom of Information, Cleveland Police

Dear Ms Wilson,

Enquiry Ref: 12988/2021

I write in connection with your request for information dated 4th June 2021 and received by this office on that date.
Below are the questions raised in your request and our response?

I would like you to provide me with the number of people arrested by the force during their participation in a protest from the beginning (01/01/20) of 2020 up to 31/05/21 broken down by month. For each person arrested,
I would like you to provide me with the protest type (e.g. Black Lives Matter, 5G, pro-life) attended, the person’s age, sex and ethnicity, and the power under which they were arrested.
In addition to this, I would like you to provide me with the outcome of each person’s arrest: e.g. a fine, a charge.
a) We have made enquiries within the force and have been advised that there have been 4 protests within the timescale of your request, 3 were Black Lives Matters and the fourth was an Anti Covid restrictions protest.
Following a key word search for Protest we have identified 3 such arrests, all linked to BLM
1 male aged in the 16 – 20 age group with no stated Self defined ethnic group was arrested for Violent disorder (recordable) and the outcome is recorded as Diversionary, educational or intervention activity, not in public interest to take further action
The other 2 were transferred to another force as the offences did not occur at local protests.

Please note any statistical data supplied in relation to Freedom of Information requests is a snapshot of data held at the time the request was received by the Freedom of Information office and is subject to constant change/updates.

The Cleveland Police response to your request is unique and it should be noted that Police Forces do not use generic systems or identical procedures to capture and record data therefore responses from Cleveland Police should not be used as a comparison with any other force response you receive.

If you are not satisfied with this response or any actions taken in dealing with your request you have the right to request an independent internal review of your case under our review procedure. The APP College of Policing guidance states that a request for internal review should be made within 20 working days of the date on this response or 40 working days if extenuating circumstances to account for the delay can be evidenced.

We have made every effort to ensure a response was provided within statutory deadlines, however due to current circumstances delays have been unavoidable. If your response was late we apologise for any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your patience. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact this office.

Yours sincerely,

Ms E McGuigan
Freedom of Information Decision Maker
Directorate of Standards and Ethics
Cleveland Community Safety Hub | 1 Cliffland Way | Hemlington | TS8 9GL
E-mail: [email address]

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