Disclosure Details

Shoplifting - 864/12

Dated: 23 Nov 2012

Date of request: 03/11/2012

Date of response: 13/11/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 3 November 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: 

I wish to request the following information:

A list of the number of children under the age of eighteen who were caught shoplifting in the area covered by Newcastle Central from November 2011 - November  2012 (please provide a breakdown of the children's ages and each individual incident, including the shop stolen from and what item(s) were stolen)..

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

As advised earlier, this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 814/12, due to the cost and time implications as it refers to the same subject area.

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 decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The below is a list of all offenders attached to the crimes, so if one offence was committed by more than one person there will be a row for each person.

The age of the offender is the age when the crime was allocated.

With the above in mind please see the below attached spreadsheet which answers your queries.

Police in Newcastle City Centre are aware that a significant proportion of shoplifters are first time or juvenile offenders.  We run numerous operations during the year around school holidays particularly targetting young offenders.  This normally comprises of a media campaign warning of the consequences of shoplifting and additional officers being on duty briefed around engaging with young people highlighting the dangers of becoming involved.

I have also attached the below links from the Northumbria Police website regarding shoplifting which you may find of interest.  Further information regarding such offences can also be found there.
http://www.northumbria.police.uk/Images/preventing_customer_theft_tcm4-12067.pdf
http://www.northumbria.police.uk/news_and_events/news/details.asp?id=62506
http://www.northumbria.police.uk/news_and_events/media_centre/news_releases/details.asp?id=56840

The local press have also published details of police initiatives to combat such crimes, see below link.
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/11/03/newcastle-shoplifters-warned-police-are-watching-72703-32159336/

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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
FOI 864-12_tcm4-67121