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Acid Attacks (5016/17)


A record of all acid attacks recorded by your force during the following calendar years:

a) 2015
b) 2016
c) 2017 to date (April 21 or whichever date is closest)

Please use calendar years but failing that financial years would be fine – please state which type of year you respond with.

By ‘acid attack’ I mean any kind of crime in which the perpetrator(s) threw acid or a corrosive substance at the victim(s) in order to harm them.

For each record, please provide:

i) the local authority of community safety partnership in which it took place
ii) the year
iii) the crime as recorded by the police (e.g. assault occasioning actual bodily harm)
iv) the outcome of the crime (e.g. charged)


Please find attached our response which provides the number of offences involving Acid, Boiling Water and Cigarette-Burning for the required time periods. These data are the closest we hold to your request and should be interpreted with caution.

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.