Disclosure Details

Thefts - 691/16

Dated: 05 Jul 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 8 June  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.

You asked:

All recorded incidents of thefts from libraries each year for the past three years (i.e. 2013, 2014 and 2015).

For each incident I would like:

- The date of the offence

- The name and address of the library

- Whether this was a static library building or a mobile library

- A description of what was stolen (e.g. books, money etc)

- The value of what was stolen, and whether or not it was recovered

- Whether or not anybody was prosecuted over the theft, and their name(s)

- The outcome of any such prosecution


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. 

The information provided relates to thefts where the location is recorded as a library.  None of the libraries were recorded as mobile libraries.

Please note where the value of an item is not known, or not available it may be recorded with a nominal value of £1.  This should not be taken as the true value of the item.     

With the above in mind please see the attached which fully answers your query.

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.


FOI 691-16