Sexual Offences (263_14)

Request

This Freedom of Information request refers to the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and the offence of `Intercourse with a Girl between thirteen and sixteen’ (CHAPTER 69 4 and 5 Eliz 2, Section 6).

Under the FOI act I would like to request the number of complaints for this offence reported to police since 1 January 2005, but for which the alleged offence took place in 2003 or earlier.

Offences which allegedly took place in 2003 or earlier would be charged under the 1956 act as the Sexual Offences Act 2003 cannot work retrospectively and offenders must be tried `as the law was at the time of the offence’.

I request that the response states the number of these reports which eventually led to someone being charged. Please state the outcome for each eg. NFA.

(If these reports are recorded under Home Office counting codes, rather than the law, please inform me so I can modify the wording of this request.)

Response

Please find below our response.

There have been 4 complaints for the offence of Intercourse with a girl between the ages of thirteen and sixteen, that were reported since 01/01/2005, but alleged to have occurred in 2003 or earlier.

They were dealt with as follows: 1 written off as no complaint made.  1 not charged as the offence was outside of the time limit for prosecutions.  1 no result available and 1 was undetected.

In addition to the above response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemptions and there is no requirement to consider the public interest.

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