Dog theft - 498/16
Dated: 28 Apr 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 15 April 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
For the calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 to date (15th April 2016)
1. How many reports of dog theft have been reported to your force?
2. Could you provide any details about the theft report within the cost limit?
At point 2 you clarified that by 'details' you mean the number of dogs reported stolen, and which breed.
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.
With regards to the information from 2013 to 07/03/16, as the information you have requested 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 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. Those parts of your request have been requested and disclosed and are published via our Disclosure Log on the Northumbria Police website. FOIs 211/15 and 309/16 refer.
With regards to information from 08/03/16 to the date of your request, 20/04/16, 2 further dogs have been reported as stolen, 1 x King Charles Cavalier, 1 x other - no further details available.
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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