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.
- How many crimes of theft* involving sheep have been recorded in 2018
- What were the recorded outcomes/disposals of each of those crimes
- If possible, can you tell me how many of these crimes were referred to the CPS?
- What was the total number of sheep stolen ?
*Crimes of theft meaning the number of crimes reported, not individual numbers of sheep.
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
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 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.
Information which provides a response to your query is published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log and therefore freely available. FOI 1161/18 refers and the link to the Log is provided below.
This FOI holds statistical data up until 26/11/2018, however searches have been conducted within the Corporate Development Department and I can confirm there have been no further crimes recorded for the rest of 2018.