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Date Responded 10 April 2018

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:

How many reported incidents of rape were recorded in your police force between January and December 2017?2.         How many of these were subsequently given C2 AVI cancellations?

3.         What constitutes additional verifiable information in the case of reported incidents of rape?

4.         If your police force records cases as "unfounded", how many reported incidents of rape are given this classification?

5.         What is the mean number of overall reported crime incidents given the classification of "unfounded"? 

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 the Safeguarding Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

In relation to question 1, we have taken that you mean ‘crimes’ not incidents.  To explain, incidents are initial reports and are categorised very broadly by opening codes.  When an incident is closed, it will be given an equally broad closing code which tends to be more what the incident was actually about.  If a crime has occurred, incidents are normally closed with one general crime code.  This does not tell us what the crime is, just that a crime has occurred as part of this incident.  As crimes are categorised by Home Office codes and as you are asking for a specific type of offence (C2 AVI), we can only search crimes.  Therefore the specific code you ask for is only used to cancel a crime, it would not be used on an incident. 

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1. 1810 crimes

2. 9 cancellations

3. We must be satisfied beyond any doubt that the offence did not occur.  As with all C2 cancellations, AVI will be in the form of 3rd party evidence (CCTV, witness testimony etc.) or a victim retraction (obviously this would have to be looked at closely in case of pressure to retract, true consent etc.).  Each case is assessed on its own merits and all facts are looked at.  If we have the slightest doubt about the AVI, then the crime will not be cancelled.

4. No information held.  We do not record any crimes as unfounded nor use this terminology.

5. N/A.  As above. 

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