Sexual Offences - 411/12
Dated: 30 Jul 2015
Date of request: 08/05/2012
Date of response: 06/06/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 8 May 2012 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.
The number of children in Sunderland that were victims of sexual crimes in the calendar years of 2011 and 2010.
A breakdown of that information into what the crime was in each incident and the age bracket of the victim (ie 0-5, 6-10, 11-17 years old).
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 have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
We have presented the information in the age brackets requested, however it should be noted that for many of the contact sex offences, the definition of a child is under 16. Those over 16 would be classified as an adult for the purposes of specific legislation.
The figures provided are for crimes reported as having occurred in the Sunderland area. It will not include any Sunderland children who may have been victims of such offences anywhere other than in Sunderland.
If you decide to write an article/use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.
With the above in mind please see the document attached below.
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