Disclosure Details

Sexual offences - 697/16

Dated: 11 Jul 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 8 June  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information on sexual offences taking place on buses within your force area.

Specifically I am requesting the following:

1. The number of reported sexual offences that took place on public buses so far in the calendar year up to June 2016, with a summary explanation including but not limited to the age and sex of the victim, the age and sex of the accused, the type of assault that has taken place and the outcome; whether that be charge, conviction or no further action.

2. The same as the above for the full calendar year of 2015.

3. The same as the above for the full calendar year of 2014.

4. The same as the above for the full calendar year of 2013.

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.

The information provided has been collated by searching for all offences where the location was recorded as 'BUS'.  The results were then filtered by offence type.  Each record was then reviewed to extract the age and gender of the accused.

Due to the low numbers involved in this subject area, this information has been provided in such a way as to avoid exemptions being applied to the whole request. Particularly the exemption outlined in Section 40 of the Act would become fully applicable should there be a real risk of individuals being identifiable through the release of information in response to a Freedom of Information request. In this case, should the full detail be supplied, it is clear from the information held that the individuals involved would quite easily be identified if a complete response was to be released into the public domain. The information below is supplied in the spirit of the Act. Please note that this disclosure will be taken into consideration should any further requests be submitted on this subject.

With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your query.

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.


FOI 697-16