Offences 65+ (4652_14)

Request / Response

I would like to request the number of people aged 65 and over who have been arrested on suspicion of committing a sexual offence

I would like the information split into each year for the past five years, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

I would also like the information presenting in a table, with the columns of gender, age, offence title and disposal (ie outcome – be it no further action, caution, charged, etc), for each year.

Gender

Year

Male

Female

Unknown

Total

2009

80

2

0

82

2010

69

0

0

69

2011

55

2

1

58

2012

69

0

0

69

2013

74

0

0

74

Total

347

4

1

352

Age

Year

65-70

71-80

Over 81

Total

2009

42

35

5

82

2010

44

22

3

69

2011

30

22

6

58

2012

44

21

4

69

2013

36

31

7

74

Total

196

134

25

352

The attached table provides the offence title and outcome. Please note that there are more offences than the number of defendants as a single defendant may have committed more than one crime.

Please also note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.

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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