Stephen Mitchell - 232/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 27/02/2012
Date of response: 13/04/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 27 February 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.
I understand a number of Mitchell’s victims are in contact with Northumbria Police with a view to receiving compensation. Can you please tell me how many?
a) Has the force yet paid any compensation to any of Mitchell’s victims?
b) If so, how much ?
c) If not, is the force denying liability in some or all of these claims.
Has the force estimated the cost or potential cost of:
a) The case overall, including follow-up investigations into the way earlier complaints about Mitchell’s behaviour were handled.
b) The pay-outs or potential pay-outs to all victims.
Various figures were issued at the time of Mitchell’s imprisonment regarding the number of victims. What is Northumbria Police’s understanding in relation to this figure (i.e. how many people were sexually assaulted by Mitchell)?
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 Legal, Professional Standards and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
b) A total of £31,500.00 has been paid in respect of claims where it was appropriate to make a settlement.
a) No information held. Total costs for this investigation is not collated.
There were 16 victims who were the subject of Mitchell's initial charges. For the offences where Mitchell was found guilty at court, there were 7 victims.
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