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Acid / Noxious Substances (5169/17)


I would like to know the number of incidents involving acid and noxious substances from January 2014 until April 30, 2017.

I would like the information to be broken down so that it has each month, starting from April 2017 at the top all the way to January 2014, the total number of attacks involving chemicals (acid or otherwise) and then a separate total for acid and ‘other’ the latter being noxious substances.

For example:

April 2017

Acid: 5

Noxious substances/other chemical: 3

Total: 8

Then March 2017 and so on.


Please find attached our response.

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.