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Child Abduction (765A/22)


A count for the year 1st April to 31st March

(2018 -2019) (2019-2020) (2020-2021) (2021-22), of:

  • child abductions by a parent (Home Office classification 13/13),
  • child abductions by other persons (Home Office classification 13/2), and
  • kidnappings (Home Office classification 36/1) when the victim was aged under 18 at the time of the offence.
  • child abductions where a parent abducted children to Northern Cyprus (AKA Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.


Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  Using the data that we have available, we are currently unable to answer question 4 without conducting a keyword search of the MO notes.  This would then require manual review which would exceed the FOI time limit.