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Sexual Assaults Alleged to have been commited by Taxi Drivers

Question

Can you provide the number of sexual assault alleged to have been committed by taxi drivers in the last three years. Could you categorise the offences and the number charged.

Clarification received:

The information only when the taxi driver was acting in that capacity at the time of the offence.

Answer

A search has been conducted of recorded sexual assaults where the suspect’s latest occupation has been recorded as a taxi driver, and where the report indicates that the offence occurred when the suspect was acting as a taxi driver. This data is reliant on the occupation field being completed when the crime is recorded. We have identified 36 incidents which meet the criteria of your request. Please find the breakdown of types of offenses reported in the table below. There were ten charges in relation to these reports.

Please note the information below relates to allegations recorded, and does not reflect those cases which may have resulted in conviction.

Offence

Count

Causing/Inciting sexual activity

2

Rape

8

Sexual assault

26

Total

36

FOI Ref: 733/16

Date of Request: 21.05.16