Sex Offences (9720_16)

Request

Can you please disclose the number of arrests made of suspected sex offenders from 2012-present where the arrest location included the keywords ‘barge’, ‘boat’, ‘canal’ or ‘river’.

In the cases found from the above search, could you please disclose the exact location – ie barge on canal x or boat on river y.

Can you also tell me how many of the arrests resulted in charges and the details of each charge including names where possible and ages.

Response

Please find attached our response and note that we have conducted a search for sexual offences on our custody system where ‘barge’, ‘boat’, ‘canal’ or ‘river’ is included in the place of arrest, which is the closest data that we hold to your request.

Please also note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/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.

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