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Child Abduction by Parents 2015/16

Question

1. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by a parent (Home Office classification^ 13/1) were recorded in Avon and Somerset Constabulary?

2. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of child abduction by other persons (Home Office classification^ 13/2) were recorded in Avon and Somerset Constabulary?

3. From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, how many crimes* of kidnapping (Home Office classification^ 36) – when the victim was aged under 18 at the time of the offence – were recorded in Avon and Somerset Constabulary? *I’m looking for information on crimes recorded rather than ‘incidents’. ^Home Office classification number refers to the Counting Rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/299318/count-violence-april-2014.pdf

In addition, if the relevant cost limits for this request are not exceeded, I would be very grateful if you could tell me:

4. Of the number of offences given at 1 above (child abduction by a parent): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions?

5. Of the number of offences given at 2 above (child abduction by other persons): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions?

6. Of the number of offences given at 3 above (child kidnapping): how many were attempted abductions and how many were completed abductions? If cost limits are exceeded If questions 4 to 6 above result in the overall cost limit being exceeded for this Freedom of Information request, then please ignore questions 4 to 6 and only return data for questions 1 to 3.

Answer

In respect of question 1, HO class 013/01 there were 6 crimes recorded. All were abductions

In respect of question 2, HO class 013/02 there were 15 crimes recorded. 6 were attempted abductions, 9 were abductions.

In respect of question 3 there were 15 crimes of kidnapping recorded. 8 were attempted abductions, 7 were abductions.

FOI reference: 840/16.

Date of request: 21.06.16.