Disclosure Details

Sexual offences - 196/14

Dated: 15 Apr 2014

Date of request:    25/02/2014

Date of response:  15/04/2014

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

Thank you for your email dated 25 February 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: 

For the last five calendar  years

1 The number of crimes of alleged sexual assault and rape by taxi drivers.

2. A count separately of those incidents where the IP has thought they were getting into a taxi but it later turned out not to be.

3. Whether a person was arrested and charged.

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 Strategy and Performance Department 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 was obtained by searching all crimes where the word 'taxi' appeared in the MO description and those crimes where the offenders occupation was listed as taxi driver. This was then filtered using the Home Office Offence Code to show only sexual offences and rape. The information was then manually reviewed to ensure the crimes met the specifics of your request and to establish if there was an arrest or charge.

It has not been possible to report separately the number of licensed taxi and private hire drivers, nor whether the drivers were unlicensed.   
Please see the attachment below which answers your questions.

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.

Downloads

FOI Complaint Rights Procedure_tcm4-67103
FOI - 196-14._tcm4-94633