Disclosure Details

Robbery - 464/14

Dated: 03 Jul 2014

Date of request:    03/06/2014

Date of response:  26/06/2014

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 June 2014 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: 

For the 12 month period up to the end of May (ie from 1/6/13 to 31/5/14) or for the most recent 12-month period for which you hold the relevant information.

  1. In the relevant time period, how many instances of street robbery did your force record in which a pair of music headphones was stolen. (NB - to be clear, I am not interested in any street robberies where a pair of headphones was NOT stolen. I am only interested in robberies where a pair of personal headphones used to listen to music on a smartphone or other portable music device was stolen.) 

  2. Can you give a breakdown of the total number of such robberies in relation to the product type - eg how many of the headphones were Beats, how many were Sony etc. 

  3. Can you give a financial value for each type that was stolen. 

  4. Can you provide, as closely as is possible, the exact location where the street robbery took place. 

  5. Can you provide details in relation to each offence as to whether anyone was arrested and subsequently charged and convicted

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 Strategy and Performance 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.

Please note that when the value of an item is not known or not available it is recorded with a nominal value of £1. This should not be taken as the true value of the item. 

1) 2) 3) 4) and 5) 

Crime Type Make Cost (£) Arrested Y/N Location
Personal robbery Gummy    8     Y Barrack Road, Newcastle  
Personal robbery Not stated    1     Y Meadowfield, North Seaton. Ashington  
Personal robbery Not stated - ear bud style    1     Y Calf Close Lane, Jarrow, South Tyneside  
Personal robbery Apple - white    5     Y Stanhope Street, Newcastle 
Personal robbery Apple - white  30     Y Westgate Road, newcastle 
Personal robbery Apple - white  10     Y Dene Road, South Shields 

Of those arrested 4 were charged and 4 were convicted.

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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