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Crimes Along Bristol-Bath Railway Cycle Path 2019-2021

Date of request: January 19, 2021
Reference: 076/21


I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information regarding attacks along the Bristol and Bath railway cycle path from January 1st 2019 to the latest data available.

  • How many offences have been reported along the Bristol and Bath railway path in that time?
  • Please specify the type of offence (robbery, GBH, sexual assault, etc), date and time, as well as exact location in the cycle path, or as precise as possible.
  • Also in the breakdown, specify if anyone was arrested/charged if possible.
  • If charged, please specify the name of the defendant so we can track down the details in the courts.


A total of 59 offences have been reported to the police between 1st January 2019 and up to and including the date of your request where the location recorded was Bristol and Bath Cycle Path.

A breakdown of these offence has been provided below.

Current Offence Group 2019


2020 count 2021


Arson and Criminal Damage 1 1 0
Miscellaneous Crimes Against Society 0 1 0
Possession of Weapons 1 0 0
Public Order Offences 4 7 0
Robbery 4 8 1
Sexual Offences 2 5 0
Theft 2 4 0
Vehicle Offences 0 1 0
Violence Against The Person 8 8 1

The outcomes of these offence has also been provided below.

HO Outcome Code 2019






OC01 – Charge/Summons 0 1 0
OC14 – No Sus / Victim Decline 3 4 0
OC15 – Sus/Insuff. Evidence 0 1 0
OC16 – Sus/Victim Declines 1 3 0
OC18 – No Sus / No Line Enq / Filed 18 22 1
New – Under Investigation 0 4 1

Your request for information relating to question four has been considered and I am not obliged to provide the information requested. In this instance, to provide names as you have asked 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 data protection principles set out in:

(a) Article 5(1) of the GDPR, and

(b) Section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018;

A Freedom of Information Disclosure is a disclosure to the world. Therefore information that is provided can be viewed by any member of the public.

Should any information be provided in a format in which a living individual could be identified this would constitute personal data. This would then become a breach of rights provided under the Data Protection Act 2018. Information held on an individual by Avon and Somerset Constabulary is done so lawfully and is used for a policing purpose in line with the principles set out in the GDPR. Our privacy policy can be viewed here

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