No crime - 575/13
Dated: 22 Aug 2013
Date of request: 25/07/2013
Date of response: 22/08/2013
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 25 July 2013 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.
I would like to obtain the number of rapes in 2012 that were reported to police forces in England and Wales
and the number that were classified as "no crime".
I would also like to obtain the same information regarding grievous bodily harm
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
As advised in your acknowledgement dated 25th July, this request has been aggregated with your previous request, FOI 415/13, due to time and cost restrictions under the Acts legislation
Northumbria Police can only provide information for incidents occurring within the geographical boundary of the force.
645 - 13 of which were no crime
There are a number of factors which could lead to a crime being finalised as 'no crime'. These can include an admission by the IP that the allegation was false or an investigation by police which subsequently proves the allegation to be false.
In respect of rape there are incidents where the initial disclosure indicates that a rape has occurred but that on full disclosure it is another crime within the legal definition that has actually been committed or that the rape was committed at another location (often outside the force).
In respect of grievous bodily harm there are incidents when the initial disclosure indicates an assault but on full disclosure it is deemed by the injured party that the circumstances do not amount to an assault and that the cause of the injury was due to other factors
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that 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
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.