Crime Statistics & Sexual Misconduct - 691/21

Date Responded 14 June 2021

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.

You asked:

For the time period 23rd March 2020 to 31st March 2021

1. How many females aged 60 and over have been victim to either
a. Rape
b. Mugging

2. How many under 15 year olds have been sexually assaulted and no perpetrator caught?

3. How many male police officers have been prosecuted for domestic violence against their wives or partners?

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the Corporate Development and Professional Standards Departments 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, with the following caveats noted:

• Data for Q1b, has been answered using robbery, as the closest we are able to provide to mugging (ie, using violence or intimidation to steal from a person.)
• Data for Q2 has been defined as any offence of sexual assault wherein the victim is stated to be under 15 and the disposal does not state we have identified a culprit ie, the following:
- Evidential difficulties
- Investigation complete - no suspect identified
- Investigation not in public interest
- Not in public interest (CPS)
- Not in public interest (police)
- Not stated
- Victim declines or is unable to identify suspect
- Victim does not support police action
Of note, 271 of these cases related to Evidential Difficulties, No Suspect Identified or Not Stated (incomplete.)

1. a. Rape – 18
b. Robbery (Mugging) – 14

2. 395 – please note this figure pertains to the number of cases where a 15 year old has been sexually assaulted and the disposal for the crime does not indicate that the perpetrator has been identified

3. There have been no male police officers prosecuted for domestic violence against their wives or partners in the time period 23 March 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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