Disclosure Details

Male rape - 893/14

Dated: 26 Nov 2014

Date of request:      27/10/14

Date of response:    26/11/14

Provision of informati11 held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 27 October 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

 'Could you please provide a data spreadhseet of each instance of suspected or proven male rape or sexualt assault by a man/men on another man between 1 October 2012 and 1 October 2014?
Could you please provide the month and year for each case, the age of suspects and the age of the victim?
Where there are multiple suspects/victims could this be made clear.
Please be aware I am mindful of DPA and lifetime anonymity for victims of sexual assault but this would not be compromised by the limited information I am requestin.
Could you please discount all instances of abuse against under-16s.'

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

The information has been presented in a way which avoids the use of exemptions to withhold.
You should note therefore that the Home Office classification column, the age of the suspect column and the age of the victim column do not correspond to each other.

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

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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