Road Rage Incidents (756A/23)
I would like to know, since the start of 2022 up to now:
A list of all recorded offences where the description of the offence details included the words ‘road rage’.
I would also like the date and locations of each offence, as well as details of any arrests that were made.
Please note that this data is based on a “Key word search” in the notes as “road rage” is not a specific criminal offence and can be recorded as many other different offences.
Keyword searches are notoriously unreliable, the reasons why searches using this method are not reliable include (but are not limited to) the following: –
- a) Searches rely on the keywords being spelt correctly with no grammatical errors
- b) Searches rely on the keywords actually being mentioned in the summary description of the record – if they are mentioned anywhere else within the record but not in the summary, then they will not feature in any results
Q1: A list of all recorded offences where the description of the offence details included the words ‘road rage’.
|Assault or assault by beating on an emergency worker (except a constable)||1|
|Assault with Injury – Administering poison with intent to injure or annoy||1|
|Assault with Injury – s.20 – Malicious wounding: wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm||20|
|Assault with Injury – s.47 – Assault occasioning actual bodily harm||47|
|Assault with intent to rob (Of Personal Property)||1|
|Assault without Injury – Common assault and battery||105|
|Attempted – Other criminal damage to a vehicle (Under £5,000)||1|
|Attempted – s.18 – Assault with Intent to cause Serious Harm – Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm||12|
|Causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress||91|
|Endangering Life – Causing danger to road-users||1|
|Fear or provocation of violence||93|
|Harassment – Pursue course of conduct in breach of Sec 1 (1) which amounts to stalking||1|
|Harassment – Putting people in fear of violence||3|
|Harassment, alarm or distress (S5 POA)||2|
|Having an article with a blade or point in a public place||2|
|Murder – of persons aged 1 year or over||1|
|Non-fatal strangulation and suffocation||1|
|Other criminal damage to a vehicle (Under £5,000)||61|
|Other criminal damage, other (Under £5,000)||2|
|Possessing firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence||9|
|Possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply – Class B – Cannabis||1|
|Racially or religiously aggravated assault or assault occasioning actual bodily harm||6|
|Racially or religiously aggravated common assault or beating||9|
|Racially or religiously aggravated fear or provocation of violence||7|
|Racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress||1|
|Racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress||20|
|Robbery (of Personal Property)||7|
|s.18 – Assault with Intent to cause Serious Harm – Wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm||12|
|Sending letters etc with intent to cause distress or anxiety||4|
|Threaten with a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place||25|
|Threaten with an offensive weapon in a public place||23|
|Threats to destroy or damage property||1|
|Threats to kill||4|
|ASSAULT WITH INJURY||69|
|ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO CAUSE S HARM||24|
|ASSAULT WITHOUT INJURY||106|
|CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO A VEHICLE||62|
|OTHER CRIMINAL DAMAGE||2|
|POSSESS OF ARTICLE WITH BLADE OR POINT||27|
|POSSESSION OF FIREARMS WITH INTENT||9|
|POSSESSION OF OTHER WEAPONS||23|
|PUBLIC FEAR ALARM OR DISTRESS||186|
|RACE OR RELIGIOUS AGG PUBLIC FEAR||28|
|RACE OR RELIGIOUSLY AGG ASSAULT NO INJURY||9|
|RACE OR RELIGIOUSLY AGG ASSAULT WITH INJURY||6|
|ROBBERY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY||8|
|STATE OR PUBLIC ORDER||7|
|THREAT INTENT TO COMMIT CRIM DAMAGE||1|
|THREATS TO KILL||4|
|TRAFFICKING OF DRUGS||1|
Q2: I would also like the date and locations of each offence, as well as details of any arrests that were made.
The exact dates / locations and details of arrests are exempt by virtue S40 (2) Personal information.
Section 40(2) is an absolute and class-based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance, I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release
Any further details regarding these incidents are exempt by the following:
Section 40 (2) – Personal information
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
However, to assist we have provided a broader view. We have provided the month / outcome and location by our NPU (neighbourhood Policing Area).
Birm = Birmingham
CV = Coventry
Dud = Dudley
SW = Sandwell
SH = Solihull
WS = Walsall
WV = Wolverhampton
|Outcome Description and Month/Year||Birm||CV||Dud||SW||SH||WS||WV||not stated||Total|
|Caution – Adult (Inc Conditional Caution)||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1|
|Charge or Summons||3||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||6|
|Evidential Difficulties – Victim Based – Named suspect not identified||52||13||5||11||4||5||7||0||97|
|Investigation Complete: No suspect identified||148||34||29||33||13||21||27||4||309|
|Named Suspect identified: evidential difficulties prevent further action (no victim support)||34||12||7||16||3||6||12||0||90|
|Named Suspect identified: evidential difficulties prevent further action (victim support)||26||7||5||9||1||9||5||0||62|
|Prosecution time limit expired: Suspect identified but prosecution time limit has expired||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
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 considered 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 considered 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.
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