Anti – Stalking Law (1841_15)

Request

1) the number of people who have reported offences relating to the 2012 anti-stalking law to your police force.

2) the number of people charged with the offence by your police force.

3) the number of people successfully prosecuted for the offence.

For your convenience, your Performance Department may wish to produce the results by searching for crimes related to the 2012 anti-stalking laws recorded with the Home Office codes 8/65 (Stalking involving fear of violence), 8/66 (Stalking involving serious alarm/distress) and 195/12 (Pursue course of conduct in breach of S.1(1) which amounts to stalking) during 2013 and 2014. However I understand you may not categorise according to Home Office codes.

Response

Please find enclosed our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors, every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

1) The number of people who have reported offences relating to the 2012 anti-stalking law to your police force

Crimes Year
Home Office Code 2012 2013 2014 2015
08/65 4 36 44 17
08/65 1 58 61 27
195/12 11 83 79 60
TOTAL 16 177 184 104

2) The number of people charged with the offence by your police force.

Charges* Year
Home Office Code 2012 2013 2014 2015
08/65 2 16 17 6
08/65   23 16 3
195/12 2 28 24 11
TOTAL 4 67 57 20

*Outcome = Charge, Postal Charge, Further Charge or Summons

3) The number of people successfully prosecuted for the offence.

We cannot provide prosecution data as we no longer have access to court data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document 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.

 

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