Disclosure Details

Bridge incidents - 063/13

Dated: 28 Jan 2013

Date of request:      16/01/13

Date of response:   21/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 8 January 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. The number of call outs Northumbria Police have attended after reports of people threatening to jump/actually jumping off Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland during 2012, 2011 and 2010  

  2. The actual - or estimated - financial cost to Northumbria Police of attending one of these call outs.  

  3. The number of people who have died as a result of falling from the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland during the past three years (breakdown into 2010, 2011, 2012).

In response:

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 Communications 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.

1 & 3

Year Calls Deaths
2010 59 2
2011 85 3
2012 78 2

2. No information held. I can inform you that the amount of money spent in relation to officers performing individual tasks is not quantified by Northumbria Police  Time taken to attend any incident is part of an officers normal working hours and is not costed or recorded separately.

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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