Almost £4,000 worth of property has mysteriously disappeared from Northumbria Police buildings over the last two years.
When we say mysteriously disappeared, we're actually being polite. Stolen is a more appropriate word. Stolen, at least in part, by the Northumbria Police staff working in those buildings.
The haul of loot plundered from police stations across the Northumbria Police area included a £1,000 bike, £350 mobile phone, £160 pair of boots, around £400 in cash and a £10 bra.
Lead flashing to the value of £500 was stolen from the roof of Morpeth Police Station, which is currently disused. A pair of sunglasses, credit cards and debit cards were also stolen.
More than half of the thefts took place at Northumbria Police's brand new Forth Banks Police Station, which serves Newcastle City Centre. The state of the art £36m facility only opened in mid 2015, which makes it all the more impressive that it's already such a hotbed of crime.
Northumbria Police provided this information in its response to a Freedom of Information request by FOI By Proxy.
We also asked Northumbria Police to provide information about any item stolen from a police vehicle over the same time frame. It confirmed that a £600 mobile phone was stolen from a vehicle parked on Astley Road, Seaton Deleval.
The full text of our request appears below:
Their Reference Number:
Request by FOI By Proxy (sent 21st January 2017):
Dear Northumbria Police,
I am making this request in accordance with the terms of section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide the following information in relation to buildings and vehicles under the control of Northumbria Police:
1. A list of every item reported stolen from a Northumbria Police building from 1st January 2015 to the present time. Please also provide the location of the theft and value of each item if known.
2. A list of every item reported stolen from a Northumbria Police vehicle from 1st January 2015 to the present time. Please also provide the location of the theft and value of each item if known.
In accordance with section 11 of the Act, please provide your response in electronic format to the return email address associated with this request.
Many thanks for your assistance.
On behalf of FOI By Proxy
Response by Northumbria Police (received 24th February 2017):
Northumbria Police provided the full information requested, which is shown in the table below: