Disclosure Details

Bridge Incidents - 744/12

Dated: 31 Jul 2015

Date of request:   24/09/2012

Date of response:   03/10/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 24 September 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: 

Would it be possible to request information relating to non-traffic incidents involving the Redheugh Bridge in 2012?

I would like to find out what incidents have taken place on the Redheugh Bridge, for example assaults, reports of people jumping/falling from the bridge. I specified non traffic as I thought this might narrow down the amount of information for your search. 

I would like to know the date of the incident, and what was said to have happened and if there is any recorded outcome. 

In response:

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

As advised earlier, this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 683/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.

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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided is for the period 1 January 2012 - 25 September 2012.

It only includes incidents created on the address of the bridge.  If an incident relating to something/someone on the bridge has been created on a different address, e.g. the street below if someone has fallen off, then it will not be included in these results.

The incident categories are based on the National Standards for Incident Recording.  The codes used are the final incident codes and refer to what actually happened (not necessarily the same thing as was initially reported).

As per the request traffic related incidents have been excluded.  'Administration' incidents have also been removed, these include duplicate incidents (different people reporting the same thing) and police generated incidents (created to aid investigations and coordinate activity).

No further information will be given as this is likely to attract exemptions and not be disclosed.

With the above in mind please see the document attached below.

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 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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