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Sudden Deaths (1248A/20)


Please can you provide me with the total number of Sudden Deaths reported to you in 2020 and 2019, broken down on a monthly basis?

If it is possible to also provide the same data in respect of 2018 and 2017, I would be grateful to receive that too.


Please find our response enclosed.

2017 2018 2019 JAN – 21 DEC 2020
Jan 279 345 270 300              1,194
Feb 242 256 230 224                 952
Mar 223 264 215 197                 899
Apr 234 227 224 364              1,049
May 215 209 212 231                 867
Jun 212 189 216 126                 743
Jul 193 195 200 129                 717
Aug 226 205 215 110                 756
Sep 197 207 201 161                 766
Oct 236 224 221 128                 809
Nov 258 240 234 116                 848
Dec 279 230 329 92                 930
GRAND TOTAL           2,794              2,791            2,767              2,178           10,530


 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.

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Yours sincerely,



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