Disclosure Details

Auction - 103/17

Dated: 01 Mar 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 26 January 2017 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:

1. How much money did the police force raise by selling lost property / goods seized from criminals in 2014? 2015? 2016?

2. If possible (and within cost limit), can I have a list of the goods sold, broken down by each year, and the price they fetched? Or, if this is not possible (or it runs over the cost limit),  can I have a description of the top three items which fetched the highest amount of money each year, and the amount they each fetched? 

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 Finance, Bussiness Support and Crime Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police, however cannot  be disclosed within the time constraints of the Act for the reasons set out below. 

The information requested is not held centrally nor in a format that allows its retrievel within the permitted 18 hours, particularly with regards to point 2.  To establish a list of the goods sold, broken down by each year, and the price they fetched or a  description of the top three items which fetched the highest amount of money each year, and the amount they each fetched would entail a member of staff reviewing all items sold per year throughout the force area.  This would far exceed the permitted time allowed,  therefore Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.0 

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.

You should note that had Section 12 not been fully applicable other exemptions would have been considered and applied where appropriate to point 2 of this request.

Although excess cost removes Northumbria Police's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information below, relative to your request at point 1, retrieved or available before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded.  I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of your request. 

Financial information is held by financial year and this is how it has been presented below.

2013/14 - £55,315

2014/15 - £35,355

2015/16 - £17,433


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.