Disclosure Details

Offences - 453/12

Dated: 30 Jul 2015

Date of request:   24/05/2012

Date of response:   21/06/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 24 May 2012 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: 

Please state for each of the following crimes how many people were (a) charged your police force and (b) cautioned by your police force, in the 2011/12 financial year.  Note that for each crime I have added the Home Office coding.

11 Cruelty to and neglect of children 
17A Sexual assault on a male aged 13 and over 
17B Sexual assault on a male child under 13 
19C Rape of a female child under 16 and over 
19D Rape of a female child under 16 
19E Rape of a female child under 13 
19F Rape of a male aged 16 and over 
19G Rape of a male child under 16 
19H Rape of a male child under 13 
20A Sexual assault on a female aged 13 and over 
20B Sexual assault on a female child under 13 
21 Sexual activity involving a child under 13 
22A Causing sexual activity without consent 
22B Sexual activity involving a child under 16 
70 Sexual activity etc with a person with a mental disorder 
72 Trafficking for sexual exploitation 
10A Possession of firearms with intent 
10D Possession of article with blade or point

I would also like internet pornography offences which I think are categorised under 86. Obscene publications, etc and protected sexual material and or 71. Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography. If this is the wrong code for internet child pornography offences then please could you use the correct offence.

In response:

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 have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows. 
Police forces in the United Kingdom are routinely required to provide crime statistics to government bodies and the recording criteria is set nationally.  However, the systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.  It should be noted that for these reasons this force's response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other response you may receive.

As there is not a specific offence of 'internet child pornography', it is possible that we may not in fact be able to trace every kind offence that could be connected with this type of offending, as the crime type concerned could be hidden within a vast selection of different offence types.

With the above in mind please see the document attached below.

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

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.  The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.  I have provided the relevant link below:-

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/index.asp

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. 

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-28029
FOI 453-12_tcm4-62643