Drones - 914/14
Dated: 26 Nov 2014
Date of request: 04/11/14
Date of response: 26/11/14
Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 4 November 2014 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.
The number of people arrested by your force since January 1st 2013 on suspicion of breaching the Air Navigation Order for illegalyl flying of drones, or 'unmanned aerial vehicles'.
Please provide a breakdown of the figures by calendar year, ie: the total number of arrests in 2013 and the number so far in 2014 as of the most recent date available.
Please also provide a short description of the alleged offence for example: 'Flying within 50 metres of a sports stadium containing thousands of people.
Part two of the request refers to the arrests outlined in part one. I just wanted the total since January 2013 broken down by the number last year and the number so far this year.'
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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided is a result of a search for the number of arrests relating to a breach of an Air Navigation Order. Each of the arrests were viewed to see if it relates to the flying of a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle.
For the period requested there have been no arrests made relating to the flying of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles.
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.
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