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Coronavirus – Fines and Circumstances (235A/20 )

Request

  • The offence for which a fixed penalty notice was issued by your force under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 between 5/5/2020 and 19/5/2020;
  • The brief circumstances of the offence (or the M.O. notes or further description linked to each instance) for each fixed penalty notice that issued by your force under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 between 5/5/2020 and 19/5/2020;

Response

Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format. In relation to the circumstances, as each officer that had issued an FPN would need to be contacted and each FPN reviewed to see if the circumstances of the breach was recorded within the FPN record.

Therefore the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request

However, In accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can advise that FPN information is already made available

https://www.npcc.police.uk/FreedomofInformation/Reportsreviewsandresponsestoconsultations.aspx

https://www.npcc.police.uk/COVID%2019/Operation%20Talla%20Publication%20Strategy%2026052020.pdf

This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#fees-and-charges

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