Date Responded 22 October 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 incidents of "upskirting" have been alleged between 1st October 2013 and 1st October 2018?

Where possible, please break down the date of when the incident was alleged by indicating the month and year. 

Where possible, please state the details of the allegation (Basic details such as what is alleged to have happened, the age and sex of the alleged victim, where known).

Please state whether the allegation ever formed some part of a criminal charge and details of any prosecutions of "upskirting" offences, including what they were charged with. 

As "upskirting" is not currently a criminal offence, it may be necessary to conduct a keyword or free text search.

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 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.


Searches were made of  all incident descriptions between 01/10/2013 and 01/10/2018 for the term "upskirt."

It should be noted as with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the Crime MO. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used.  Also, we cannot search the crime investigation screens/additional information screens, if the terms are not used within the MO the crime will not be identified.

Additionally, as the searches brought back only one incident we have provided the information in a way which avoids the use of exemptions to withhold.


Incident – 2018

A boy has filmed up a fellow female pupils skirt

Victim under 16

Allegation did not form part of a criminal charge

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