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Arson Arrests (21252/18)


I am writing under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following data from your force covering the past three calendar years and available data for this year – 2017, 2016, and 2015 and the year-to-date for 2018.

How many crime reports have there been in this period of A) Arson endangering life and B) Arson not endangering life?

The offences are logged under Home Office Classification codes 56A and 56B respectively

Please provide the specific ages of all suspects aged under 18 and also those aged 65 and over: for example X number of 10-year-olds, X number of 11-year-olds, and so on to include all those aged under 18 and then the same with those aged 65 and over.


There should be no issue with “identification”.


Please also provide the recorded crime outcomes (charge, caution etc) for all of the crime reports with all suspects in the two age brackets across the time period.



Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.