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Date Responded 26 February 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. What were the total number of dog theft crimes in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  2. What was the outcome (charge/summons, community resolution, active investigation, evidential difficulties, no suspect identified) for each dog theft crime in 2016, 2017 and 2018?
  3. Does your force have a dedicated team or team member who is responsible for overseeing such reports?
  4. What criteria do you use for recording a dog/puppy 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 attached.

This is a count of the number of recorded crimes, there may have been more than one dog stolen as part of each crime. In regards to question 3, Northumbria police do not have a dedicated team or team member.

FOI 140/19

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