Disclosure Details

Child abduction - 210/13

Dated: 17 Apr 2013

Date of request:     9/03/2013

Date of response:   16/04/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 19 March 2013 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. Please disclose the number of child abductions recorded in your force area in 2012;

  2. Please disclose the number of child abductions in 2012 involving a stranger (ie not familial);

  3. Please disclose the number of child abductions involving a stranger resolved (ie the safe return of the child);

  4. Please disclose the number of outstanding or unresolved cases involving a stranger (ie how many children remained missing);

  5. Please disclose the number of child abductions in 2012 resolved and unresolved;

  6. Please disclose the number of people charged with child abduction in 2012; 
    You clarified, the questions relate to 2012

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 Crime 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.

  1. 9

  2. To clarify this part of your request, we have classed "involving a stranger" as unknown to the injured party - 0

  3. 0

  4. 0

  5. Resolved 6
        Unresolved 3 - for clarity these are cases where the child has been removed from the UK by a parent to another country and have not yet returned.

  6. 3

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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