Disclosure Details

Acid attacks - 038/17

Dated: 02 Feb 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 10 January 2017 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How many reports of violence crimes were there using acid or other corrosive substance broken down into individual years from 2011 to the end of 2016.

2. How many victims were female.

3. How many victims were male.

4. Age groups of the victims – under 10, under 20, under 30, over 30.

5. How many of these attacks made it to court.


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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

The data in the attached summary has been collated using the codes for 'instrument/weapon' used - ACI - acid; NOX - noxious substance; COR - corrosive liquid; AMM - ammonia. 

The search has been carried out on all Violence against the person crimes as requested.

The results from those searches are as below attached.

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.


FOI 038-17