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.
For each of the time periods 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18
- How many reports of sexual assault/rape have been investigated by your Police Force ?
- How many resulted in no charges being brought against the suspected offenders in each of those years and, where possible, reasons why they were unsuccessful investigations?
- How many are committed by under 16s, those aged 16 to 24, those aged 25 to 39 and those aged 40 or older?
- How many of the crimes investigated have been committed by British and Irish nationals, how many have been committed by foreign nationals from other European countries, and how many by foreign nationals from outside Europe
After we sought clarification you advised that both point 3 and point 4 relate to point 1.
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 attached with the following caveats noted.
Data was collated through a search of all sexual offences created between 01/04/2015 and 31/03/2018 where the offence description contains the words 'assault' or 'rape.'
For question 2, we have provided the outcomes of all crimes which did not result in a charge/summons.
Question 3 and 4, in the attached summary, I have included a count of crimes broken down by the characteristics of the suspect. The suspect in the first set of tables is anyone given any disposal for the offence. The suspect in the second set of tables is anyone given a disposal other than NFA for the offence. This is a count of all crimes according to the suspect's age grouping and nationality. The suspect is included their status is accused or wanted. In cases of more than one suspect, the crime is included in each of the relevant brackets - for example a crime with one British suspect and one Australian suspect would be counted in both the British and Non-European category. Therefore summing these numbers may result in duplicate counting. Furthermore, as this is count of crimes, if the same suspect is named on multiple crimes, they will be counted more than once. The unknown categories are where there is a suspect named but we do not have their age or nationality.
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