Weapons Confiscated - 563/11
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 20/07/2011
Date of response: 28/07/2011
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your email dated 24 May 2011 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.
I would like to request information about weapons confiscated at football matches between August 2010 and May 2011 (i.e. the last football season).
I would be grateful if you could provide information for any premier league teams within the force’s area of operation.
For each team, please list the type of weapons seized, and how many of each type were confiscated, Eg. the number of knives, the number of baseball bats etc.
For each club, please give the total number of weapons seized (of all kinds).
If possible I would prefer this data to include weapons seized from supporters immediately outside the ground as well as inside, but if this is impossible then please provide data on weapons confiscated within the stadium.
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 Operations Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police. There have been no weapons seized.
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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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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