Sex Offences in Sport (13320/16)

Request

  1. In 2016 how many alleged sex offences (including breakdown – eg rape, sexual assault, grooming etc) were recorded as crimes (including historical) on football grounds/premises/leisure centres/playing fields/clubs/facilities etc?
  1. In relation to these alleged offences how many were recorded to have happened against a child (ie where the child was the victim).
  1. In 2015 how many alleged sex offences (including breakdown – eg rape, sexual assault, grooming etc) were recorded as crimes (including historical) on football grounds/premises/leisure centres/playing fields/clubs/facilities etc?
  1. In relation to these alleged offences how many were recorded to have happened against a child (ie where the child was the victim).
  1. In 2014 how many alleged sex offences (including breakdown – eg rape, sexual assault, grooming etc) were recorded as crimes (including historical) on football grounds/premises/leisure centres/playing fields/clubs/facilities etc?
  1. In relation to these alleged offences how many were recorded to have happened against a child (ie where the child was the victim).

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.  In order to locate and retrieve this information we have had to search under the following locations: Community Centre, Gymnasiums, Park, Playing Field, Public Footpath, Rear of Premises, Sports Club, Swimming Baths (Pool and Foyer), Educational Outside Address and Sports Club Leisure Complex.  Therefore any data captured may relate to football and general sports.

Due to the similarity of these requests they have been aggregated as we are unable to provide two separate sets of data.

Please note that 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 (see 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.

Please also see the following link to our website:

https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/news.aspx?id=5198

 

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