Date Responded 26 July 2018

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.

You asked:

1. What were the total number of cat theft crimes in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by year?

2. What was the outcome (charge/summons, community resolution, active investigation, evidential difficulties, no suspect identified) for each cat theft crime in each of those years

3. What criteria do you use for recording a cat/kitten as a theft as opposed to missing? 

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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 


2015 – 6

2016 – 6

2017 – 9



Outcome                                                                     2015        2016            2017

Charge/Summons                                                           1              1                  0

Community Resolution                                                     2              0                  0

Evidential Difficulties                                                        1              0                  0

Investigation Complete - No suspect identified                   1              5                  7

Victim declines or is unable to identify suspect                   1              0                  0

Victim does not support police action                                 0              0                  2

3. Crimes are recorded in accordance with Home Office Counting Rules.  Further detail can be found on the website 

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