Disclosure Details

Rape - 308/12

Dated: 07 Jun 2011

Date of request:   21/03/2012

Date of response:   16/04/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 21 March 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: 

  1. how many rapes have been reported since 2005

  2. how many arrests have been made for rape since 2005

  3. how many people have been charged for rape since 2005

  4. how many of the people arrested since 2005 have been bouncers (eg nightclub/bar bouncers)

  5. how many of the people charged have been bouncers (eg nightclub/bar bouncers)

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.

  1. Please note that the figure provided below is a count of the number of rapes recorded by Northumbria Police since 2005 and will include any crime created since 2005 regardless of when it took place, so will include historic offences only recently reported.

    There were 2,069 rapes (including attempted rape) in the Northumbria force area between 1 January 2005 and 29 February 2012.

  2. This figure provided is a count of the number of all arrests made for rape since 2005.  It is not simply a count of arrests made in relation to the crimes in Q1 above, and is not a count of the number of different people arrested.  It will potentially include arrests made now for 'historic' offences as well as people arrested following an allegation of a rape that does not end up being crimed (with the individual subsequently being NFA’d).  Some offences may also see more than one person arrested.  Hence, the number of arrests can be greater than the number of crimes.

    There were 2,808 arrests for rape between 1 January 2005 and 29 February 2012.

  3. This is a count of the number of people who have been charged with rape since 2005.  The results are based only on the Home Office code of the disposal and do not take into account what the person was initially arrested for, ie, it is not a count of people charged with rape from the results of Q2.  This is because it is possible to have someone initially arrested for a sexual assault but who is then charged with rape.  There are various reasons why this can be the case.

     There were 534 people charged with rape between 1 January 2005 and 29 February 2012.

  4. The data regarding someone's occupation is simply based on whatever they tell us when they are arrested.  A door supervisor/doorman may not be someone's primary job.  It is the type of role where they could have a 'day job' and work on the doors in the evening as a second job, thus they may state their main job as their occupation when arrested.

    With the above in mind please see the following:-

    Nine people arrested for rape between 1 January 2005 and 29 February 2012 stated their occupation was a door supervisor or doorman. 
    There were no people charged with rape between 1 January 2005 and 29 February 2012 who stated their occupation was a door supervisor or doorman.

  5. As per our response to 4 above.

It is also worth noting the issue around changes in crime recording with the introduction of the Sex Offences Act 2003 (which came into effect in 2004).  If someone reports an offence today that took place prior to the introduction of the act then a crime is created following current recording practices.  However, the offender is dealt with under the legislation in place at the time they committed the offence.  An example would be that a ‘historic’ rape is reported today and an offence of rape is created, but the offender is charged with buggery under old legislation.  The offence would be counted in the results of Q1 but the charge would not be counted in Q3.

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:-


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.


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