Disclosure Details

Fuel Theft - 269/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   10/ 03/2012

Date of response:  22 /03/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated  10 March  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. How many gas Bottle's thefts have been reported to the police in the last 12 months (gas used for cooking and caravan heating of all sizes but particular the 47kg)

  2. How many bottles thefts have been brought to a prosecution.

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 decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

As there is no specific code for such crimes, keywords have been used to extract the relevant information.

The results are based on a search of all crimes where the property stolen contained the keywords ‘butane’, ‘propane’, ‘gas’ or ‘fuel bottle’.

Not included are thefts of small canisters of gas used for camping stoves or thefts of bottles containing gases not used for general heating or cooking purposes, e.g. nitrous oxide or oxygen.

Details of the size of the bottles stolen have not been included as the capacity is not always recorded.

With the above in mind I can confirm the below.

For the period March 2011 - February 2012 there were 38 crimes where 'gas bottles' were recorded as stolen across the Northumbria force area.

Two crimes resulted in offenders being charged.  A further offender was dealt with by other means.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.  The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link 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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