Disclosure Details

Cautions - 47/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request: 19/01/2012

Date of response: 08/02/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 19 January 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. Full details of all the offences for which an official police caution has been issued in the Berwick upon Tweed police area between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2011 and in each case, to include the reason(s) why a caution was deemed appropriate.
    Please note - The information that I would like regarding offences for which a person has received an official Police caution is in the briefest form, for example, "Theft of wine value £8.99 by shoplifting." or "Theft of property value £3000 as employee" or "Uttering forged Bank of England notes". In any cases of assault, then brief details of the injury caused.

  2. I would also be grateful if you could provide me with the criteria that are used by Police when deciding to issue an official caution.

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 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.

  1. Please see the document attached below which contains information relevant to this part of your request.

  2. As the information you have requested at this part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
    You should therefore consider this a refusal for this part of your request.

    I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

    Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

    Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

    Information regarding the  criteria that are used by Police when deciding to issue an official caution is contained within Home Office Guidance.

    In order to assist you further I have provided a link to the relevant page 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 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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