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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. How many crimes of theft* involving sheep have been recorded in 2018                
  2. What were the recorded outcomes/disposals of each of those  crimes
  3. If possible, can you tell me how many of these crimes were referred to the CPS?
  4. What was the total number of sheep stolen ?


*Crimes of theft meaning the number of crimes reported, not individual numbers of sheep.


In Response:


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.


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