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Date Responded 07 August 2019

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. The number of pedal bicycles reported as stolen to police in the calendar year of 2018
  2. Of these, the number of stolen pedal bicycles recovered in the calendar year of 2018 - Please may this be grouped by: a) Those recovered by police b) Those recovered by the bike owner
  3. The number of arrests in the calendar year of 2018 for bicycle theft.
  4. The number of people charged in the calendar year of 2018 for bicycle theft.
  5. The number of pedal bicycles reported as stolen to police in the calendar year of 2017
  6. Of these, the number of stolen pedal bicycles recovered in the calendar year of 2017 - Please may this be grouped by: a) Those recovered by police b) Those recovered by the bike owner.
  7. The number of arrests in the calendar year of 2017 for bicycle theft.
  8. The number of people charged in the calendar year of 2017 for bicycle theft.
  9. The number of pedal bicycles reported as stolen to police in the calendar year of 2016.
  10. Of these, the number of stolen pedal bicycles recovered in the calendar year of 2016 - Please may this be grouped by: a) Those recovered by police b) Those recovered by the bike owner.
  11. The number of arrests in the calendar year of 2016 for bicycle theft.
  12. The number of people charged in the calendar year of 2016 for bicycle theft.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however cannot be disclosed for the following reasons.  The information requested, particularly at points 2, 6 and 10 is not held in a format that allows its extraction within the permitted 18 hour time constraint.  To establish a response at this point alone, ie broken into those recovered by police and those recovered by the bike owner would involve a manual review of all cycles recovered, which initial searches indicate is approximately 600 records.  Even at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract this information alone would take over 30 hours, 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 £450.00.

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

When applying Section 12 exemption our duty to assist under As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the remaining questions as set out above.

 

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