Arrests - 038/15
Dated: 28 Jan 2015
Date of request: 12/01/15
Date of response: 28/01/15
Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 12 January 2015 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.
The total number of parents (mothers or fathers, please do not include any cases involving other family members or guardians) who have been arrested in the last three full months (October, November, December 2014) for leaving their child or children at home alone. Please simply provide a total figure which covers the number of individuals who have been arrested. I do not require a breakdown of the different cases. In cases where the mother and father were arrested please count both of them towards the total.?
Please then provide a breakdown of how the suspects were dealt with. ie. charged, cautioned, no further action or ongoing. Again, I do not need to see each individual case and how it was dealt with, simply the numbers for each different disposal method.
To clarify the request, the offence to search for is "Cruelty to or neglect of a child", with those relating to instances where the child has been left at home alone included in the final total.
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 am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
There were 2 parents arrested during Oct - Dec 2014 for leaving their children home alone. Both parents were charged.
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