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Date Responded 26 September 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 financial years, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19, please provide the following:

  1. The total number of sexual offence crimes where the suspect is recorded as deceased
  2. Of these, the number of suspects already dead at the time the crime was recorded?
  3. The number of cases where the suspect died in the same financial year as the crime was recorded.

Of these, please breakdown the number of deaths from a) of natural causes, b) self-inflicted or c) other - please specify if you can.

4. The number of cases where the suspect died in a subsequent year whilst the investigation was ongoing.

For each, please specify the year the crime was recorded and the year of death of suspect and cause of death as far as your database allows (i.e. natural causes, accident, etc.)

In Response:

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.

  1. It should be noted that of the 66 recorded below, there are 7 crimes where the date the offender has died is unknown.

 

Financial Year

Number Of Sexual Crimes

Suspect Recorded As Deceased

2015/16

15

2016/17

33

2017/18

7

2018/19

11

Total

66

 

2.

Financial Year

Suspects Already Dead At The Time The Crime Was Recorded

2015/16

10

2016/17

23

2017/18

3

2018/19

6

Total

42

 

3.

Financial Year

Cause Of Death

Total

2015/16

a) Natural causes

1

2015/16

b) Self inflicted

1

2016/17

a) Natural causes

1

2016/17

b) Self inflicted

3

2016/17

c) Unknown

4

2017/18

b) Self inflicted

1

2017/18

c) Unknown

1

2018/19

b) Self inflicted

3

2018/19

c) Unknown

2

Total

 

17

 

Date Of File

Cause Of Death

Date Crime

Recorded

Date Of

Death

Total

2016/17

b) Self inflicted

19/10/2015

29/11/2016

1

2017/18

c) Unknown

23/07/2016

05/10/2017

1

Total

     

2

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