Disclosure Details

Found property 975/15

Dated: 09 Nov 2015

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 23 October 2015 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. For each of the last financial years, I would like to know how much money has been handed to your police force by Asda supermarkets as lost property.

2. For each of the last financial years, I would like to know how much money has been handed to your police force by other supermarkets. Please state which supermarkets and the totals for each retailer.

3. I would also like to know what your force’s policy is on dealing with this money, including what happens to cash which cannot be reunited with its owner.

I would like to clarify the timescale I would like the request to cover is the last five financial years.


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 within each of the 3 Area Commands 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.

The information recorded is as follows:


FY 11/12               £388.14

FY 12/13               £216.41

FY 13/14               £1100.00

FY 14/15               £5.45

FY 15/16               £0.00



FY 11/12               Morrison £740.00, Tesco £5.00

FY 12/13               Morrison £15.00, Tesco £3.50, Lidl £550.00, Sainsbury £170.00

FY 13/14               Sainsbury £14.84,  Waitrose £110.23

FY 14/15               Morrison £571.67, Sainsbury £43.45

FY 15/16               Sainsbury £45.00, Morrison £10.00


3.When cash can be reunited with the owner, this is done so as soon as practically possible.  Cash not claimed after 28 days is paid into the Northumbria Police charities fund.  Any found cash retained by the retailer will have its disposal administered by them.

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. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena. 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

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 wider 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 under our complaints procedure which can be found at: www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/foi_complaint_rights/

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.