Disclosure Details

Thefts from churches - 003/14

Dated: 22 Jan 2014

Date of request:    02/01/2014

Date of response:  22/01/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 2 January  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: 

1) How many thefts had been reported over last 3 calendar years in churches in your constabulary (including a year by year breakdown of the number of thefts)
For each theft please specify:
a) The item stolen
b) The date of theft
c) The approximate value of the item stolen (if recorded)
d) Where the theft occurred (the name of church and location of church)
e) Whether the church was Church of England/Catholic 

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 Strategy and Performance Unit of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held in part by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

With regards to point d) you advised you would be happy to receive the location of the Church at Area Command level to avoid exemptions being applied to withhold.

The information contained in this response is based on a search of theft and handling crimes which occurred within the church building only, in the last three years (2011, 2012, 2103).
The denominition of the church is not held.

See attached below

In addition we can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
 
Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
 
Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
 
Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies. 

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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
FOI 003-14_tcm4-92190