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Crimes - abstract electricity - 457/18

Date Responded 24 May 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. Where data is available for each of the following periods, please state how many cases were investigated within your authority related to the "Theft Act 1968: Section 13 (for abstraction of electricity)":

2016

2017

2018

 2. If data is available, please also state how many related to abstraction of electricity for suspected use in cultivation or manufacture of illegal drugs for the timeframes outlined above.

3. If data is available, please state the number of cases that related to abstraction of electricity for suspected use in cultivation or manufacture of illegal drugs that were investigated in rented properties (i.e. not owner-occupied premises) for the timeframes outlined above.

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. 

1.

2016 –105

2017 – 126

2017 –  37

2.

2016 – 28

2017 – 40

2017 – 12

3.  To note – the below are instances where it  has been recorded that the property was rented.  There may be instances where the tenure has not been recorded. 

2016 – 18

2017 – 30

2017 – 9

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