Raves - 050/15
Dated: 28 Jan 2015
Date of request: 16/01/15
Date of response: 28/01/15
Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 16 January 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.
1. . Under the Freedom of Information Act, I'd like to request the number of unlicensed music events (illegal raves) police attended in Northumbria in (January 1st 2014 - December 31st 2014), (January 1st 2013 - December 31st 2013) and (January 1st 2012 – December 31st 2012). If calendar years are not possible, please provide the same information from the last four financial years (including this one which is yet to finish).
2. If the cost limit has still not been exceeded, please provide me with the number of arrests made at unlicensed music events (illegal raves) which have occurred in Northumbria between the time periods of (January 1st 2014 - December 31st 2014) and (1st January 2013 – December 31st 2013). Please state the reason for arrest, date and street name of the event in each case. If calendar years are not possible, please provide the same information from the last three financial years (including this one which is yet to finish).
3. If the cost limit has still not been exceeded, please may I request the number officers who were deployed for each unlicensed music event within Northumbria last year (January 1st – December 31st 2014). If possible, please provide the number of people (non police) who were reported to have attended each unlicensed music event between January 1st – December 31st 2014,
4. If the cost limit has still not yet been exceeded, please provide the number of unlicensed music events, within Northumbria, which were successfully shut down, i.e without attendees without simply moving to a different location, by the police between the time periods of (January 2014 - December 31st 2014) and (January 1st 2013 - December 31st 2013). Please provide the date and street name of each event. If calendar years are not possible, please provide the same information from the last three financial years (including this one which is yet to finish).
5. If the cost limit has still not been exceeded, please provide the number of unlicensed music events (illegal raves) in Northumbria which were known to be about to happen, be happening or have happened but that the police did not attend. Please provide a total of these events which the police did not attend that took place between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014. If the cost limit has still not been exceeded, please also provide the reason for the police not attending each event.
6. If the cost limit has still not been exceeded, please provide a cost of policing unlicensed music events (illegal raves) within Northumbria over the last three years. Please provide me with this data broken down into these time periods (January 1st 2014 - December 31st 2014) and (January 1st 2013 - December 31st 2013). If calendar years are not possible, please provide the same information from the last three financial years (including this one which is yet to finish).
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, however cannot be disclosed as the information you have requested is not held in a format that can be retrieved within the time limits of the Act
To provide information which meets the criteria of your request for question 1 alone, would entail a member of staff manually reviewing all incidents where the following keywords are recorded "Rave" "Unlicensed music" "Neighbour dispute/ Noise problem" and "Licensing" for the three year period you specified. Initial indications are this may involve over 2,300 incidents. Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information would take over 115 hours. To further determine if any information is held relative to your other five questions would add more time, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00
You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.
When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under Section 16 of the Act would normally entail that we contact you to determine whether it is possible to refine the scope of your request to bring it within the cost limits. However, from the information we have outlined above I see no reasonable way in which we can do so.
Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill outside of the Act I have supplied information below, relative to your request, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request.
A search of crimes relating to raves "Raves - fail to leave land" and "Raves - fail to comply with direction not to proceed" returned no offences for the period as outlined above.
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.
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 under our 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.