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Drink Spiking Reports - 1168/19

Date Responded 13 November 2019

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 each of the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 up to September 20, please state the number of reports your force received of drink spiking / drink lacing incidents.

For each reported crime please state the gender of the victim, the age of the victim, whether a charge was brought and if a charge was brought, whether there was a conviction.

If a defendant was charged/convicted with an alternative offence please state this too.

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 both the Corporate Development and Criminal Justice 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.

Please note that the information supplied below has been presented in such a way as to avoid the application of any relevant exemptions under the act and will not be broken down any further.  * Denotes data available up to 20 September 2019

 

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019*

Drink Spikings

9

26

24

32

15

Arrests

4

6

5

9

3

Charges

1

2

 

1

 

Gender

 

 

 

 

 

Female

7

18

36

27

14

Male

5

14

18

15

10

Unknown

 

 

2

 

 

 

Year

Victim Age Group

< 10

10-14

15-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

61-64

65-69

70-74

76-79

80-84

85

2015

 

 

1

2

2

3

1

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

 

2

11

2

3

5

1

1

4

1

1

 

1

 

 

 

 

2017

2

 

12

14

4

 

10

4

6

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

1

2

6

8

8

6

2

2

2

4

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019*

 

 

4

6

 

3

4

1

 

2

 

1

 

 

1

1

1

 

Year

 Charges and Convictions

2015

Charged but found Not Guilty of Spiking offence at Court.  Convicted for another matter.

2016

No Further Action (Not Charged) taken for ‘With Intent to Injure’ & ‘With Intent for Sexual Activity’ Spiking offences.  Convicted on Drugs Possession offences.

No Further Action (Not Charged) taken for two ‘With Intent for Sexual Activity’ Spiking offences.  Charged but found Not Guilty No Evidence Offered for ‘With Intent to Injure’ Spiking offence at Court.

2017

 

2018

No Further Action (Not Charged) taken for the ‘With Intent for Sexual Activity’ Spiking offence.  Guilty Plea for Drugs Possession offence.

2019*

 

 

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