Disclosure Details

Incidents - 477/15

Dated: 29 May 2015

Date of request:       14/05/15

Date of response:    28/05/15

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 14 May 2015 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: 

 1. For the financial year 2014 - 2015, please detail all incidents where an individual has been reported for an act relating to the Nazi regime. This includes, but is not limited to, incidents where a person has displayed a Nazi symbol or performed a Nazi salute. I am also interested in details of any rally meetings that have taken place. 

For each reported incident please detail

a. Summary of the reported incident

b. Date of the incident

c. Location of the incident

d. How many people involved

e. Ages of the person/people involved

f. What action was taken? Was there a prosecution, if so what was the charge and what was the outcome.



To clarify I'd like the number of incidents please. Also, the request concerned the number of rally meetings involving Nazism.

By Nazism, I mean anything relating to the following search terms:



Nazi Flag


Mein Kampf

Holocaust denial


By rallies I was referring to those convened to support Nazi ideals, i.e. people dressing up wearing swastikas, etc.

For the details of rallies, please provide the date, a summary description, the number of the people involved, and the outcome, i.e. where there any arrests?

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.

Searches were made for incidents containing the key words specified then each was reviewed to ascertain  if an individual has been reported for an act relating to the 'Nazi regime'.  The results of those searches, where the information requested is held, are as below.

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.

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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