Disclosure Details

Football Match Costs - 677/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   26/08/2012

Date of response:   25/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 26 August 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: 

Can you tell me how much was spent on policing areas around football stadiums for the home matches of Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs between August 2011 and May 2012.  If possible, can this be broken down by team or stadium involved, or area if this is easier.

To clarify, could you tell me how much is spent by the police to provide officers within a one mile radius of the Sports Direct Arena and the Stadium of Light for the home football matches of Newcastle and Sunderland football clubs. Could you please include any police in the stadiums themselves as well if this is the case.

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 Operations and Finance Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.  Total costs to Northumbria Police for policing football matches are not retained either by match or as a whole.

It should be noted that any officers deployed solely for football related matters, are in general deployed within the footprint of the club and are therefore paid for by the club.

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:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

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 underour 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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