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VRR (426A/20)

Request

Firstly, we would like to establish how many VRRs (under the enhanced Code) police forces individually have received for stalking/harassment cases – for the years listed individually below?

Secondly, of those police VRRs received we would like to know how many VRRs have been upheld by police and how many have been declined?

How many that were upheld then succeeded to a prosecution by CPS?

This would be for the:

  • Year 2013 – the year the VRR came into place on 5th June
  • Year 2014
  • Year 2015
  • Year 2016
  • Year 2017
  • Year 2018
  • Year 2019
  • Year 2020

Response

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

 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.

 2015 – 1 case (original NFA decision upheld)

2016 – 0 cases

2017 – 3 cases (2 original NFA decisions upheld, 1 case re-opened then filed due to evidential difficulties)

2018 – 3 cases (all original NFA decisions upheld)

2019 – 6 cases (2 original NFA decisions upheld, 4 cases re-opened (3 of them subsequently refiled NFA, 1 still under investigation)

2020 – 3 cases so far (1 wasn’t dealt with as out of time limit for VRR, 1 refiled NFA, 1 currently being reviewed)

 0 cases were upheld then succeeded to a prosecution by CPS

 *Please note that VRR was only introduced in WMP in April 2015

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