Disclosure Details

Stiletto attacks - 1140/16

Dated: 10 Nov 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 17 October 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 attacks have there been by people using stiletto heels?

2. How many of those people were subsequently arrested?

3. Please could I get the figures for the years for 2013, 2014 and 2015 &  2016? 

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.


The information provided below is from searches made specifically for attacks where the weapon is a stiletto heel.  Whilst we do have a weapon class of that type, it is likely that crimes are recorded with different weapon classes, such as 'shoe', 'boot' etc. You should also note that the number of arrests may differ from the number of crimes as more than one person can be arrested during an investigation.

With the above in mind see the below which answers this request in full.

             2013    2014   2015   2016  

Crimes     2         3          0          1

Arrests     3         3          0          0


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.