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Sexual Offences Committed During Lockdown - 930/20

Date Responded 29 June 2020

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:

During the period of lockdown that being between the 23rd March and 15th June 2020 (inclusive).

How many sexual offences were recorded by your force that happened between the above dates? and that were committed between those dates.

Please give the name of offence eg rape 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 with the below caveat noted.

As per the Home Office crime counting rules, crimes are normally counted based on the date they were reported/identified as a crime.

This FOI has requested the total crimes occurring between these dates as well.

It is relatively commonplace for some crimes to be reported after the fact.

"Recorded/Reported" therefore refers to crimes based on the date the crime was created on the force system.

"Committed" refers to the date that the force was informed the crime was committed.

Crime

Recorded/Reported

Committed

Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

3

2

Causing sexual activity without consent

4

3

Exploitation of prostitution

1

1

Exposure and Voyeurism

39

35

Other Miscellaneous Sexual Offences

1

1

Rape female under 16 - multiple undefined offenders

1

0

Rape of a female aged 16 and over

197

125

Rape of a female child under 13

21

7

Rape of a female child under 16

41

15

Rape of a male aged 16 and over

17

12

Rape of a male child under 13

15

4

Rape of a male child under 16

3

1

Sexual activity involving a child under 13

86

65

Sexual activity involving child under 16

60

31

Sexual assault on a female aged 13 or over

154

108

Sexual assault on a female child under 13

43

15

Sexual assault on a male aged 13 and over

26

16

Sexual assault on a male child under 13

17

6

Sexual grooming

57

45

Soliciting for the purpose of prostitution

1

1

Total

787

493

 

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