Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
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.
I’m hoping you can help me in my research into robberies of independent retailers and goods from their vehicles from outside cash & carries/wholesale depots. I’ve been contacted by shop owners concerned about this becoming a more common occurrence and I believe there is strong public interest for this to be published.
Please could you provide the following information:
The address, crime date, offence type, crime reference number and theft value (if logged/applicable) of each crime reported between December 1 2016 and December 1 2018 that include any of the search terms listed below and any of the criminal offence types listed below.
- Cash and carry
- Cash & carry
*Criminal offence types requested:
- Theft (including from a vehicle)
- Robbery (including armed)
- Violence against the person
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 attached.
The attached document has been redacted to remove any personal information which is exempt under Section 40 (2). The crime reference number is personal data of the victim, therefore will not be disclosed.
Section 40 (2) - Personal Information
Section 40 (2) is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in disclosure. That being said where Section 40(2) is engaged in order to make the exemption absolute there needs to be evidence that a data protection principle would be breached by disclosure. In this case it would not be fair to process information which, we believe by providing all the information you have requested, would lead to the identification of an individual. Therefore the first principle of the Data Protection Act would be breached.