Disclosure Details

Theft of Cooking Oil - 021/13

Dated: 21 Jan 2013

Date of request:      07/01/13

Date of response:   18/01/13

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

Thank you for your email dated 7 January 2013 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 am currently looking into the theft of used cooking oil from restaurants and kitchens
a) The number of reported thefts of cooking oil in the last 3 calendar years
b) The value of the oil stolen
c) Any arrests made as a result of thefts

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 the Corporate Development 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.

The following response is based on crimes that were allocated between 2009 and 2012. 

As there is no requirement to record whether oil was used or not we have given information for all cooking oil thefts, not just used oil.

The arrest information is whether any arrest was made, regardless of outcome, therefore it will include if someone was arrested and then NFAd.

When the property value is not provided or if it simply isn’t known, it is often just recorded as a nominal value of £1.  As a result it should not be assumed that this is the real value of what was stolen.

With the above in mind please see the below attached.

If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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 crime 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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