Added by Freedom of Information Team on 12 August 2016 at 12:03
Please provide information on the numbers of hate crimes recorded by Avon and Somerset Constabulary, broken down into the following monitored strands:
Please provide this information for the period between 1st March 2013 and 30th June 2016.
Please provide this information broken down by full crime date – DD/MM/YYYY. If data is not available broken down by full crime date, please provide data broken down by calendar month.
Please provide data for the entire month of June 2016 if possible. If the shortest timeframe available is by calendar month, and the data for June 2016 is not yet available for the entire month, please indicate the dates which are represented in the data.
Please find the requested information broken down by month and year in the attached file. I am unable to provide you with a daily breakdown as this may have several consequences. For example, a victim may be able to identify if the figure related to them. Likewise, an offender may be able to ascertain if a crime they had committed had been reported to the police and may use the information as a licence to keep offending without fear of apprehension.
Similarly, to provide information as a daily breakdown would highlight sensitive personal information to those involved. For these reasons I am not obliged to supply the information requested as information that could identify an individual constitutes as personal information and is exempt from disclosure. The exemption applicable to the information is Section 40(2), third party personal information, this is an Absolute exemption. Any information to which a request relates is exempt if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject and if disclosure of that information to a member of the public 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.
FOI reference: 863/16.
Date of request: 29.06.16.