Disclosure Details

Human Tissue Audit - 521/12

Dated: 09 Jul 2012

Date of request:    20/06/2012

Date of response:   09/07/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 20 June 2012 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 confirm whether the number of category three samples that were attributed to your force in the Acpo report were a) the number you had found in total during the course of your force's entire audit or b) the number you had in your possession at the end of your force's audit.

  2. If the answer to question 1 is b), please provide the total number of category three samples your force found during the whole audit, regardless of whether they were subsequently disposed of or not.

  3. Please break down, if possible, the ethnicity and / or religion of all the people whose category three samples you kept. 

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

As advised previously this request will be aggregated with your colleagues request, FOI 440/12,  due to cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area (Human Tissue Audit).

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Crime Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

Guidance provided by ACPO in relation to the Category 3 Audit was only to report on 'items identified during the course of the audit, as being no longer required for a criminal justice purpose'.   As per the ACPO Report on the Police Human Tissue Audit 2010-2012, Northumbria Police did not identify any Category 3 material.  Therefore, no information is held specific to your request.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

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 public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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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