Disclosure Details

Police bail- 313/13

Dated: 07 May 2013

Date of request:     12/04/2013

Date of response:   07/05/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 12 April 2013 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.

You asked: 

  1. Please state the number of people currently on police bail (under investigation and awaiting a decision on charges) after being arrested by your force.

  2. Of the people in part 1 what is the longest amount of time that an individual has been on police bail without charge.

  3. Of the people in part 1 please state how many have been on pre-charge police bail without charge for longer than six months.

  4. Please provide a breakdown of the people in part 1 by suspected offence.

In response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Please note this information is taken from a live database and information is correct only as of 18th April 2013.

  1. 2304

  2. 1088 days

  3. 159 (arrested prior to 17/10/2012 and remain on bail)

  4. See below attached.  Please note, this information will not be broken down further and relevant exemptions will be applied to withhold. 
    The total in the table below differs from the response to Q1 due to persons being bailed for more than one offence.

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.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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