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Thefts From Independent Retailers (409A/22)


I’m hoping you can help me in my research into robberies of independent retailers and goods from their vehicles from outside cash & carries/wholesale depots.

Please could you provide the following information:

The address, crime date, offence type, crime reference number and theft value (if logged/applicable) of each crime reported between December 1 2019 and December 1 2021 that include any of the search terms listed below and any of the criminal offence types listed below.

Search terms:

  • Cash and carry
  • Cash & carry
  • Depot
  • Wholesale
  • Costco
  • Booker
  • Bestway
  • Parfetts
  • Dhamecha
  • Blakemore
  • Filshill

*Criminal offence types requested:

  • Burglary
  • Theft (including from a vehicle and in transit)
  • Robbery (including armed)
  • Violence against the person


Following receipt of your request, a search was conducted of our crime system based on the search terms and offence types specified above. This search produced a number of results. These results were then manually reviewed in order to determine those that related to ‘robberies of independent retailers and goods from their vehicles from outside cash & carries/wholesale depots’. This review identified one relevant case in Coventry in March 2020.

However, we are withholding any further information in relation to this case by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 30(1)(a)(b) (Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities)

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.

Every effort is made to ensure that the information above is accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document 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.