Disclosure Details

Sexual offences - 667/16

Dated: 22 Jun 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 2 June  2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How many sexual offences have been reported in the last three years where the location was a ‘place of worship’?

Please could you run a search on the following key words as locations where sexual offences were reported: ‘religious dwelling,’ ‘place of worship, ’church,’ ‘monastery,’ ‘mosque,’ chapel', 'temple,' 'synagogue', 'oratory', ‘cathedral,’ 'gurdwara', 'shrine.'

Please also break down by the type of sexual offence.

I would like this information for the last three calendar years.

If possible, for the calendar year 2015, I would like a breakdown by the type of religious dwelling. E.g. mosque, church, etc.

This refers to the calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015.  

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 for recorded crimes where the location and time period was as specified in your request.  These searches brought back the below results:


No offences recorded


Church -             4 x Other Serious Sexual Offence

Place of worship - 1 x Other Serious Sexual Offence


Church -               2 x Rape, 5 x Other Serious Sexual Offence

Place of Worship - 1 x Other Serious Sexual Offence 

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.