Dear Northumbria Police,
Could you please answer the following questions with Regards to this freedom of information request.
1.A Journalist was arrested by the Police on 14.4.2020 while he was taking exercise in Gateshead aparently he was released 20 minutes later can you please clarify if the Individual was charged with any offence and what article of the Corona disease policy was he arrested on? if he was not charged with any offence can you please clarify if he was cautioned for any so called offense?
2.Can you please clarify if there was a complaint made to the police by any individual regarding the mans arrest? or by the individual himself.?
3.if this issue was classed as the police being over zealous regarding the incident can you clarify if the police have apologised verbally or by letter?
4. Has the police officer who arrested the man been disciplined by the police for being over zealous with his actions?
5.Can you please clarify how many people have the police arrested and charged with breaching the corona virus policy please give statistics for the past 4 callendar weeks?
6.How many persons have been fined by the police for breaching the corona virus policy please give statistics for the past 4 callendar weeks and highlight how much has each person been fined ?
7.Have the police started to check supermarket trolleys when people come out of shops to see if persons have bought any non essential items ? If items classed as non essential have been consfiscated by the police what do the police do with these items?
8.How many complaints have been made by individuals who have been arrested for corona virus breaches and those being fined ? please give statistics for the past 4 callendar weeks?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens

Freedom of Information Mailbox, Northumbria Police

Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

 

Thank you for your email received today in which you make a request for
information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should
be provided to you by 14 May 2020 which is in accordance with the
legislation.

 

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statutory deadlines, due to current circumstances delays may be
unavoidable.  We apologise for any inconvenience and will endeavour to
process your request as quickly as is practicable.

 

Yours sincerely

 

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

 

Thank you for your email dated 14 April 2020 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority
(including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

 

1.     “A Journalist was arrested by the Police on 14.4.2020 while he was
taking exercise in Gateshead aparently he was released 20 minutes later
can you please clarify if the Individual was charged with any offence and
what article of the Corona disease policy was he arrested on? if he was
not charged with any offence can you please clarify if he was cautioned
for any so called offense?

 

2.     Can you please clarify if there was a complaint made to the police
by any individual regarding the mans arrest? or by the individual
himself.?

 

3.     if this issue was classed as the police being over zealous
regarding the incident can you clarify if the police have apologised
verbally or by letter?

 

4.     Has the police officer who arrested the man been disciplined by the
police for being over zealous with his actions?

 

5.     Can you please clarify how many people have the police arrested and
charged with breaching the corona virus policy please give statistics for
the past 4 callendar weeks?

 

6.     How many persons have been fined by the police for breaching the
corona virus policy please give statistics for the past 4 callendar weeks
and highlight how much has each person been fined ?

 

7.     Have the police started to check supermarket trolleys when people
come out of shops to see if persons have bought any non essential items ?
If items classed as non essential have been consfiscated by the police
what do the police do with these items?

 

8.     How many complaints have been made by individuals who have been
arrested for corona virus breaches and those being fined ? please give
statistics for the past 4 callendar weeks?”

 

 

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 various
Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you
have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

1-4 In relation to these part of your request, Northumbria Police can
neither confirm nor deny that it holds the information you have requested
as the duty in s1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not
apply, by virtue of the following exemption:

 

S40(5) Personal information

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, information that is disclosed is
released to the public as a whole and not just to the individual
applicant. As such, Northumbria Police would not wish to confirm or deny
to the public at large whether information is held about any individual.

 

You should consider this to be a refusal under section 17 of the Act.

 

No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have
requested does or does not exist.

 

5.     To note, the charge count is based on disposal data; this is
because the coronavirus legislation offences are all non-notifiable and
thus not listed as crimes.  Disposal data is subject to change, as it
reflects the current status of a case.  We do not maintain a history of
this data.  As such, it is correct as of the time of writing, which is 11
May 2020.

 

+---------------------------+
|Arrests | 9 |
|---------------+-----------|
|Charged | 6 |
+---------------------------+

 

6.     During the period specified a total of 121 fines were issued.  All
fines are £60 reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

 

7.     No information held. Northumbria Police have not been checking
supermarket trollies therefore shopping is not being seized

 

8.     No information held. There have been no complaints received as
specified by your request.

 

 

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.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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 wider
public interest.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Michael Cleugh

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'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect
the communities we serve.'

 

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information
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intended only for the attention of the named organisation or individual to
whom it is addressed. The message may contain information that is covered
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sent over public networks and the sender cannot be held responsible for
its integrity. If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any
disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of the
information contained herein is strictly prohibited, and is contrary to
the provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 and of the
Data Protection Act, 2018. Any views expressed are those of the sender
and, unless specifically stated, do not necessarily represent the view of
Northumbria Police. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage
sustained as a result of software viruses. It is your responsibility to
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