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Date Responded 22 September 2020

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:

Please can you provide month by month breakdowns of instances of dog theft for the following months:

·       March 2020 to August 2020 inclusive

·       March 2019 to August 2019 inclusive

·       March 2018 to August 2018 inclusive

In Response:

As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for those parts your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information has been asked for previously, released and is published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log, FOI 1252/20 refers and the link to the Log is provided below. From this you will be able to extract the data you require.

We can also advise that 7 dogs were stolen in August 2020.

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