Sexual offences - 484/14
Dated: 11 Jul 2014
Date of request: 12/06/14
Date of response: 11/07/14
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 12 June 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.
Please could you provide a breakdown of all rape and other sexual offences that were recorded to have taken place in the location of a school, for the last three years (2011, 2012 and 2013).
Please breakdown the statistics by:
(b) Type of crime - rape or other sexual offence
(c) Whether the suspect was an adult or a child (if known)
(d) Whether the victim was an adult or a child
NB: I appreciate that, in some cases, a crime may be recorded but the exact location (or category of location) may not be included on the records. However, this FOI request concerns only those crimes that are specifically recorded to have happened at the location of a school.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Strategy and Performance Unit 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.
Please note the information provided has been collated by searching for all sexual offences recorded as crimes in the years specified, where the location has 'school' in the body of the text. All of the crimes reviewed have the location 'school premises' in either one of two fields. We have defined 'child' as any person (victim or suspect) under the age of 18 years at the time of the offence.
With this in mind please see the attachment below which fully answer your request.
In addition we can neither confirm nor deny that we hold any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies
Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
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.
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