Disclosure Details

Rapes - 174/13

Dated: 19 Mar 2013

Date of request:      26/02/2013

Date of response:   19/03/2013

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

Thank you for your email dated 1 March 2013 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: 

I would like to submit a freedom of information request in relation to the following:

  1. The  number of crimes of rape investigated by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland Area Command zone during 2010

  2. The  number of crimes of rape investigated by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland Area Command zone during 2011

  3. The  number of crimes of rape investigated by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland Area Command zone during 2012

  4. The  number of those crimes of rape, referred to in question 1, which were  subsequently  deemed as "false" allegations, where the allegation was withdrawn,  or  where  no  further  action  was  taken  in  relation to the allegation.

  5. The number of those crimes of rape, referred to in question 2, which were  subsequently  deemed as "false" allegations, where the allegation was withdrawn,  or  where  no  further  action  was  taken  in  relation to the allegation.

  6. The  number of those crimes of rape, referred to in question 3, which were  subsequently  deemed as "false" allegations, where the allegation was withdrawn,  or  where  no  further  action  was  taken  in  relation to the allegation.

  7. The  number  of  women  charged  with making a false allegation of rape during 2010 in the Sunderland Area Command zone

  8. The  number  of  women  charged  with making a false allegation of rape during 2011 in the Sunderland Area Command zone

  9. The  number  of  women  charged  with making a false allegation of rape during 2012 in the Sunderland Area Command zone

  10. The  number  of  rape allegation made by men in in the Sunderland Area Command zone during a. 2010  b. 2011  c. 2012

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.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 Please note that in response to questions 1, 2, 3 and 10 the totals include offences subsequently deemed to be "no crime".

  1. 86

  2. 100

  3. 67

    There are a number of factors which could lead to a crime being finalised as 'no crime'. These can include an admission by the injured party that the allegation was false or an investigation by police which subsequently proves the allegation to be so, however, there are a number of other circumstances such as when the initial disclosure indicates rape to be the crime but that on full disclosure it is another crime that has actually been committed or that the rape was committed at another location (often outside the force). 

  4. 29

  5. 14

  6. 2

    Northumbria Police recognise that there is significant pressure on victims of rape not only to disclose an allegation of such abuse but to then undertake the necessary rigours of a police forensic examination and in-depth court process. The stigma to the victim, the perception of threat and alienation from their community as well as in some cases the breakdown of their relationship are all intangible additional factors why a victim may withdraw an allegation to the point of stating their original allegation had in fact been untrue. Whilst not diminishing the impact of a false allegation on the person accused it is only where there is substantial grounds that the actions of the victim has either attempted to pervert the course of justice or waste police time that action against a victim making a false report will be considered.   

  7. NIL

  8. NIL

  9. NIL

  10. a. 4 
    b. 10 
    c. 4

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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