Date Responded 06 September 2018

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:

With regards to shop-lifting in the Metro centre. 

1. How many reports of shop lifting have been made in this shopping centre each financial year since 2012/13.

2. How many of these reports lead to charges.

3.  Which three stores have made the most reports in the last financial year and how many did they make?

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 follows with the below being noted. 

Data has been collated by a search of all shoplifting offences recorded between 01/04/2012 and 31/03/2018 where the address field contains "metro centre" or "metrocentre." Crimes included are those where the location is within the metro centre or within the metro retail park. Stores outside of the Metro Centre/Retail Park such as Ikea, Pets at Home, Asda etc are not included in the result. 

As the address field is a manual entry field, the way addresses are recorded may vary. If the address does not include the  terms "metro centre" or "metrocentre.",  it will not have been included in the results. 

With the above in mind the response to your queries is as below.


2012/13 - 180

2013/14 - 169

2014/15 - 154

2015/16 - 143

2016/17 - 196

2017/18 - 175



2012/13 - 66

2013/14 - 73

2014/15 - 73

2015/16 - 75

2016/17 - 84

2017/18 - 82



Debenhams               25

House of Fraser         22

Primark                      16

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