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Domestic Abuse Flagged Arson Crimes since 2011/12

Question

For each of the financial periods of 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16,

• the number of offences of Arson (56B -not endangering life) that occurred and were recorded or indicated to be part of a domestic violence incident, and

• the number of offences of Arson (56A - endangering life) that occurred and were recorded or indicated to be part of a domestic violence incident.

I would be grateful for any positive results to be grouped within their relevant financial year with the date, the incident time, description of property damaged or destroyed and the relevant BCU / Division for each recorded offence. To assist in examining the gender perspective, I also seek gender details (M or F) for the victim and offender (where identified or suspected).

 

Answer

Please see the number of domestic abuse flagged arson crimes, broken down by financial year and type of arson offence.

Year

65A – Endangering Life

65B – Not Endangering Life

2011/12

10

13

2012/13

8

9

2013/14

17

9

2014/15

10

10

2015/16

10

15

 

 

I am not obliged to provide a detailed breakdown of the specific detail requested for each crime, namely, date, time, location, property damaged, victim gender and offender gender, as to provide this information together would identify personal information.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

If you were to amend your request, I may be able to assist in providing some information which is of use to you. For example, you may wish to request a breakdown of crimes by local policing area and a breakdown of the victim and offender gender. This could then be assessed for suitability for disclosure. 

FOI reference:1285/16.

Date of request: 18.10.16.