Disclosure Details

Assaults on soldiers - 597/14

Dated: 01 Sep 2014

Date of request:    22/07/2014

Date of response:  01/09/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 22 July 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: 

Complete breakdown on the number of assaults committed against soldiers/ military service personnel over the last three years

In each incident please provide detail on the nature of the assault e.g actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm

Please provide any MO notes or detail e.g Solider punched in the face in a nightclub
Break this down by years from June 2011 to June 2014

To clarify I mean Crimes of assault and information for all military services including terrirotial army, reservists and volunteers

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 by Northumbria Police.

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

The information provided relates to those offences of violence against the person, in which an occupation was recorded, for the period you specifed.
These crimes were then filtered to count only those where the victim's occupation is any of the following; Armed forces, Army Personnel, HM Forces, Military Police, RAF, Royal Marine, Royal Navy, Sailor or Sub Mariner.
The offences have been grouped by year as requested June - May, and the offence description, occupation of the victim and the MO is included.
There were no occupations which covered territorial army, reservists and volunteers.

Please note it should not be taken that the offences were committed because the injured party was a member of any military service.  It is likely that in most instances the occupation of the injured party was unknown or irrelevant to the offender.

With the above in mind please see the attachment which fully answers your request.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as  not to 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 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

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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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