Fuel Theft - 269/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 10/ 03/2012
Date of response: 22 /03/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 10 March 2012 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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How many gas Bottle's thefts have been reported to the police in the last 12 months (gas used for cooking and caravan heating of all sizes but particular the 47kg)
How many bottles thefts have been brought to a prosecution.
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 decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
As there is no specific code for such crimes, keywords have been used to extract the relevant information.
The results are based on a search of all crimes where the property stolen contained the keywords ‘butane’, ‘propane’, ‘gas’ or ‘fuel bottle’.
Not included are thefts of small canisters of gas used for camping stoves or thefts of bottles containing gases not used for general heating or cooking purposes, e.g. nitrous oxide or oxygen.
Details of the size of the bottles stolen have not been included as the capacity is not always recorded.
With the above in mind I can confirm the below.
For the period March 2011 - February 2012 there were 38 crimes where 'gas bottles' were recorded as stolen across the Northumbria force area.
Two crimes resulted in offenders being charged. A further offender was dealt with by other means.
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