The request was refused by Durham County Council.

Dear Durham County Council,

Please provide the following:

i)The event plan for Lumiere 2017.

ii)Risk assessments for Lumiere 2017.

iii)Any correspondence between Artichoke and Durham County Council relating to the legality of preventing access to residents who reside within the ticketed area, into the ticketed area, who insist on entry without a Gold Pass.

iv) )Any correspondence between Artichoke and Durham County Council relating to the legality of searches pertaining to residents who reside within the ticketed area to the ticketed area, who insist on entry without a submitting to a search of their person/belongings.

v) Any correspondence between Durham County Council and either Artichoke or Durham Constabulary relating to the security breaches during the event.

vi) Any correspondence between Artichoke and Durham County Council which contains the words knife, Knives, knifes.

Yours faithfully,

John Scott

Freedom of Information,



This letter is our acknowledgement of your request received 22-NOV-2017. 
Please note the reference number in the subject line of this email and
refer to it in any future correspondence. The case officer dealing with
your request is:


Lawrence Serewicz Tel. 03000 268038


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The Information Management Team





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Freedom of Information,

1 Attachment

Dear John Scott,

Please find attached our response to your request for information, If you
have any further questions or need any additional information, please
contact the Information Management Team at [Durham County Council request email].

Yours sincerely

Lawrence Serewicz

Lawrence Serewicz

Information and Records Manager

Transformation and Partnerships

Durham County Council

County Hall

Room 143-148 4th Floor


County Durham



Direct 03000 268 038

Switchboard 03000 26 0000



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