1. Number of reported events of stalking?
2. Number of cautions raised for allegations of stalking?
3. Numbers of arrests made for allegations of stalking?
4. Number of cases referred to the CPS for criminal charges to be brought for stalking?
5. Number of cases turned down by the CPS for criminal charges to be brought for stalking?
I would be grateful, if possible, if you could break your responses down in the following categories:
Gender of victim – male/female
Gender of offender – male/female
Calendar years – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Please be advised that the information that you have requested is not available in a readily retrievable format.
This means that the cost of providing you with the information is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for this part of the request and if one part of a request exceeds the fees limit then S12 of the Act applies to the whole request.
However, in accordance with Section 16 of the Act I have a duty to provide advice and assistance in relation to your request and can provide the information requested for questions 1-3. Please note that we are unable to provide data relating to CPS cases or court information because this is not routinely fed back into our systems, therefore, I have instead provided the number of charges. Please see attached document (6668/19_Attachment).
This should not be taken as a precedent that additional information would be supplied outside of the time/fees legislation for any subsequent requests.
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.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.