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17 and Under Arrests (12150_19)


1) How many people aged 17 and under were arrested by West Midlands Police in 2016, 2017, 2018, and to date 2019 (please specify the age with the number of arrests for each year).

2) Of those arrested, what are their ethnicities (e.g. White UK, White Irish, Any Other White, White and Black Caribbean, White and Black African, Any Other Mixed Ethnic Groups, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Any Other Asian, Chinese, Black African, Black Caribbean, Any Other Black).

  1. Of those arrested, how many were charged with the accused crime (please specify their age and ethnicity for each year).
  2. If possible, I would also like to request the nature of the crimes committed of those charged as well as the total number of offences made between 2016 and to date, 2019 by people aged 17 and under.


Please find attached (12150_19_attachment.pdf).

In addition to the attached, West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request, 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 relating to, bodies dealing with security matters.

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters.

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.

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.