Disclosure Details

Fuel theft- 716/13

Dated: 08 Oct 2013

Date of request:     26/09/2013

Date of response:   07/10/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 26 September 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Could you be so kind to provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Number of fuel thefts from commercial premises (bulk fuel storage locations / fuel tanks) such as farms, haulage contractors, rail companies etc. reported to Northumbria Police in each of the years 2011 and 2012.

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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided is for the time period 01/01/11 to 31/12/12 and details the number of fuel thefts from commercial bulk storage locations including farms.

Fuel as defined within this request includes petrol, diesel, gas, coal and wood. Commercial within the definition of this request also includes religious and school sites. Bulk storage locations within the definition of this request include petrol stations and a location where more than one jerry can or gas cylinder was stored. This request does not include thefts from vehicle or plant machinery fuel tanks.

Each record has been viewed to determine whether it falls into the categories requested.  Please note this determination is a personal assessment based on the detail recorded.

Year No of thefts
2011 231
2012 181

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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