Sex Offences (5666_16)

Request

1) What age was the youngest person to be questioned on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years:
i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.

2) What age was the youngest person to be arrested on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years:

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.

3) What age was the youngest person to be charged on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years:

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.

4) Please state how many persons of each age between the ages of 3 and 16 inclusive (at the time of questioning) were questioned on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years (ie please supply separate figures for the ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16):

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.

5) Please state how many persons of each age between the ages of 3 and 16 inclusive (at the time of arrest) were arrested on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years (ie please supply separate figures for the ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16):

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.
6) Please state how many persons of each age between the ages of 3 and 16 inclusive (at the time of charge) were charged on suspicion of sex offences in each of the following years (ie please supply separate figures for the ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16):

i) 2013
ii) 2014
iii) 2015
iv) 2016 to date.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide Q1 and 4 without researching each individual case 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 (attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

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