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.
During the period of 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2018, how many Rape offences (HOCR: 19C and 19F) were:
a) reclassified as Perverting the Course of Justice offences (HOCR: 79) or
b) cancelled and a new crime report of Perverting the Course of Justice (HOCR: 79) was raised to replace the original rape offence recorded?
[HOCR = Home Office Counting Rule]
Where possible, please provide details of the incident (redacting any identifying information); the gender and age of the individual concerned; the outcome of each incident (e.g. no action/investigation/prosecution) and the length of any potential sentence, where known.
If you can only answer part of the request, please provide partial answers.
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.
b) Two x females –
make complaint of sexual nature against male – retract statement
1 x 25 years
1 x Penalty notice
1 x Evidential difficulties