Disclosure Details

Football club costs - 357/17

Dated: 07 Apr 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated  24 March  2017 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: 

The amount that Northumbria Police have received from each Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough Football Clubs towards the cost of policing their fixtures for the 2015/16 season and to date in the 2016/17 season


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 Finance Department 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. 

With regards to 2015/16 information the below exemption applies. 

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request. 

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below. 

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information has been requested, disclosed and published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log, FOI 632/16 refers and the link to the Log is provided below.

With regards to 2016/17: 

The amount that Northumbria Police have received from Newcastle United and Sunderland football Clubs towards the cost of policing their fixtures as at the 23rd March 2017 in the 2016/17 season is as follows. This includes cup games;

Newcastle United - £102,980

Sunderland AFC   - £247,390

We hold no information regarding Middlesbrough Football Club, this club is not in our force area.  

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.