Disclosure Details

Sarah's Law - 238/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:  29/02/2012

Date of response:  27/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 29 February 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: 

  1. I would like to know how many requests have been made to Northumbria Police under Sarah's Law to unveil a person's history of sex offences, from 2011 when the law was brought in.

  2. In each case I would like to know when/the date the inquiry was made and the area the person was from and relation to the applicant ie teacher.

  3. I would also like to know what the outcome was in each case, whether any information was disclosed to the applicant.

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 Disclosure Section of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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

Please see the below attached which answers all parts of your request.
Please note in order to provide you with as much information as possible specific to your request we have provided the information in such a way as to ensure we do not  have to apply any exemptions under the Acts legislation. This information will therefore not be broken down further.

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.


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