Rape Outcomes (9647_16)

Request

Would you be able to give me the information below? Or provide whatever you can from this list?

the amount of rapes that were reported to the West Midlands between 1st Jan 2015 and 31st December 2015?
how many were No further actioned?
how many withdrew their complaints?
how many were charged to court?
And if possible how many were found guilty/not guilty at court? I know some forces don’t have access to court info so don’t worry if you can’t get this information

 

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of the requested information without researching each individual case which would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

Therefore, the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded

There were 1,535 reported rapes in the requested period of which 1,444 were crimed

The attached table provides the reports by outcome

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