Disclosure Details

Sexual Offences - 930/12

Dated: 01 Nov 2012

Date of request:      25/11/2012

Date of response:   14/12/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 25 November 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: 

My questions relate to the arrest of children for alleged sexual offences.  In particular, can you tell me:

  1. How many children aged 13 or under were arrested for sexual offences in the last year ? (I am happy to take the year or part thereof which is easiest in terms of figures being available - so long as it is made clear which period of time is being referred to). What were the ages of the children arrested, what were the offences they were arrested for, what were the ages of the alleged victims and what was the outcome (e.g. boy aged 11 arrested for rape of girl aged 11 - given supervision order).

  2. Can you give me equivalent figures (if available) for the two previous years.

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, in part, by Northumbria Police.

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

The document attached below provides results into the numbers of people arrested (including arrests made for offences which were subsequently 'no crimed'), the type of offence they were arrested for, the outcome and the age group that the victim falls into.  All ages (victims and ‘offenders’) are based on the age at the time that the relevant arrest was made.  This has been presented in such a way to ensure no individual can be identified, however any requests to break this down further is likely to attract relevant exemptions and will not be disclosed.

The following points should be noted:-

  • The numbers of people arrested and victims are counts of people, so someone who was arrested twice will appear in the results twice.  The numbers of victims and numbers arrested do not match for a number of reasons, ie there may have been two people arrested for an offence with only one victim.  Alternatively someone could be arrested once and dealt with for a number of crimes hence there would be one 'offender' and multiple victims.

  • In some cases there is no victim age information.  This will include times when an arrest is made and it is established a crime did not take place before a crime report is created (this is where the victim age would usually have been recorded).  Or there has been a request to arrest people from other forces with little victim information.

  • Offences with Regina as the victim have no specific victim so there is no age information to report on and such no information held.

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.

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

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 crime 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.


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