Arrests - 804/15
Dated: 29 Sep 2015
Date of request: 06/09/15
Date of response: 28/09/15
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 6 September 2015 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.
For each of the following requests, please release the data for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (so far):
1. The number of people arrested for being naked in a public place - Please separate the figures to show which relevant piece of
legislation that they were arrested for
2. The number of people cautionned or charged for being naked in a public place. - Please separate the figures to show which relevant piece of
legislation that they were charged under.
3. The number of people arrested, and charged, for "flytipping"
4. The number of people arrested, and charged, for failing to pick up dog mess in a public place
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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. The results at this point are based on arrests between 01/01/2012 and 07/09/2015 for the following offences:
- Committing or conspiring to commit an act outraging public decency
- Exposing person/indecent exposure
The crime record and/or incident log for each arrest has then been manually reviewed for any mention of a person being naked in a public place. The figures provided in the response relate to the number of people, with individuals arrested more than once for being naked in a public place only counted once.
2. The results at this point are based on the same offences and manually review as used to answer Q1. Again, a person is only counted once, regardless of the number of times they have been charged or cautioned for being naked in a public place.
3.The results at this point are based on arrests for the following offences:
- Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition, treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) waste in or on land without a licence
- Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence
See below attached which provides a response to the above.
4. No information held. There are no criminal offences for failing to pick up dog mess in a public place. You may wish to contact the Local Authorities who have responsibility of dealing with such instances by way of fines where appropriate.
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.
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