Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the total number of allegations of child sexual offences linked to sport reported from 15 November to 20 December 2016.
Please state the number of reports of child sexual offences (under the Sexual Offences Act 2003) which mention the word “football”.
Please state approximate year dates for when the alleged offences occurred. For example, offences allegedly occurred between 1972 and 2002.
Separately, please state the number of reports of child sexual offences which do not mention the word football, but which do mention any of the following words or phrases:
“sports coach”, “sports club”, “cricket”, “rugby”, “badminton”, “tennis”, “swimming”, “athletics”, “rowing”, “hockey”, “netball”.
Please state approximate year dates for when the alleged offences occurred.
For each report please state the alleged offence and, if possible, include a summary of each report.
Using a keyword search in the MO notes of recorded crime for child sexual offences, there were 4 reports which contained the term ‘football’ and another 2 reports that contained other sporting key word references.
The offences are alleged to have taken place from 1964 to 1994
|SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A MALE CHILD U13 = 4|
|RAPE OF MALE CHILD AGED 13-15 = 1|
|SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A MALE 13+ = 1|
In addition to the above information West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:
Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies
Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.
Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.
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