Disclosure Details

Mobile Phones - 727/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   17/09/2012

Date of response:   27/09/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 17 September 2012 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: 

  1. Can you please send me the number of reported mobile phone robberies/muggings (direct from people on the street not commercial theft/shop theft) in your force area in 2010, 2011 and (so far in) 2012 (broken down by each year);

  2. Can you please send me the number of teenagers (13-19 year olds) cautioned for this type of mobile phone robberies/muggings (on the street not commercial theft) in 2010, 2011 and (so far in) 2012 (broken down by each year);

  3. Can you please send me the number of teenagers arrested in your force area for this type of mobile phone robberies/muggings (on the street not commercial theft)  in 2010, 2011 and (so far in) 2012 (broken down by each year);

  4. Can you please send me the age of the youngest perpetrator caught/cautioned/arrested/charged for mobile phone street robberies/muggings in 2010, 2011 and (so far in 2012) (broken down by each year)?

  5. Can you send me the name of the street/area where most mobile phone street robberies/muggings were reported as having taken place so far this year (2012), and the number that have been reported there this year? 
    If the above request doesn’t push you over the allotted time limit for a request without a fee, please could you also answer:  

  6. How many stolen phones were recovered (from street crime direct from people not shops) in 2010, 2011 and so far in 2012? (Please provide a figure for each year specified)

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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police however can not be disclosed for the following reasons.

The information requested, particularly at question 6 is not held in a format that allows easy retrieval.  To gather accurate data at this part of the request would  entail reviewing the details of each theft through the incident log and crime report. This could also involve liaison with the OIC to clarify the circumstances of the theft and investigation. Only this kind of review would provide us with an accurate figure on how many phones are recovered following a street crime.  With 380 such crimes for the periods specified even at a conservative estimate of 15 minutes per record, which we have considered as reasonable,  we have estimated that to extract this information would take approximately 95 hours, therefore Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act would apply.  This section does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours, equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the Act for that part of your request.

As part of your request would exceed the prescribed limit, as defined by the Act, there is no requirement for Northumbria Police to provide a response to the remaining parts of your request.  However, in order to provide you with some assistance, under Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, an initial assessment of the information that may be provided within the time constraints would be the remainder of your questions as set out above only.

You may wish to define and resubmit your request accordingly. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-


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 underour 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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