Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
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.
1. I am requesting the number of acid attacks which took place in the calendar year of 2017?.
2. I also request information on each attack broken down by its Home Office description, crime outcome, the substance/s used, whether it was domestic related, the age of victim and the age of the suspect/s.
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/s Area Command 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.
Data is based upon crimes created between 01/01/2017 and 31/12/2017 where the MO contained at least one of the following key words; ACID, CORROSIVE, NOXIOUS, ONE SHOT, DRAIN CLEANER, SPIRIT OF SALTS, KILROCK, KLEEN OFF, SODIUM, BLEACH, AMONIA, AMMONIA or where ACI (acid), AMM (ammonia), COR (corrosive substance) or NOX (noxious substance) were listed in any of the three weapon fields attached to the crime. This includes where the substance has caused harm to the victim or where the substance was intended to cause harm (i.e. substance was thrown but missed the victim). This does not include those found in possession of one of the above substances or where the substance has been used as part of a threat.
To note I have provided the age group for the victim/offender to ensure they cannot be identified and therefore avoiding the use of exemptions to withhold.
Additionally figures provided in this response will differ from previously published FOI's due to improved methods for obtaining the data, and should not be used for comparison.
With all the above noted see the attached
FOI 430-18 Acid Attacks