Acid attack incidents

Maria Almpani made this Freedom of Information request to London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear London Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

My name is Maria and I am a masters student at UCL studying Security and Crime Science. I would like to make a request for data I intend on using for my dissertation. I will be looking into corrosive attacks against the person in the entire London area. I wanted to compare the London Ambulance Service data to the Metropolitan Police Service data.

As far as I am aware, the Metropolitan Police Service has made a tri service agreement with the LAS as well as the London Fire Brigade which are all deployed when an accid attack is reported. Therefore details such as the number of incidents the LAS has been called to, dates and times as well as Boroughs would be essential. Could I have data from 2002 onwards as well as a profile breakdown including age, sex and ethnicity where possible?

Yours faithfully,
Maria Almpani

FOI Admin, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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FOI Admin, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear Maria

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request below. I am sorry for the delay in responding to your request, which has been due to resourcing challenges within the Trust's FOI team.

Turning to your request, please find attached data we hold on 'acid burns'/'acid attack'. The date range is from January 2002 to July 2019.

By way of advice and assistance, please be aware that this data is based on a free text search on the 'problem description' field on our clinical database. Our analytics team have tried to narrow down the search to avoid including irrelevant incidents, for example, incidents like 'taken acid', 'acid in stomach', 'accidental acid burn'. However it is possible that this data (1) may not include all acid attacks (for instance, the phrase 'unknown chemical thrown at individual' would describe an 'acid attack' but would not be captured in the data); and (2) may include some 'false positives' (for instance depending on the context, the phrase 'acid splashed in eye' could describe an accidental situation as well as a deliberate attack, which we would not be able to ascertain from the data we hold), and we would ask that this is borne in mind.

We have also removed precise incident dates. Given the sensitivity of the issue and relatively low rates of incidence, we believe that supplying specific dates (in conjunction with other details) would increase the risk of re-identification of the patients concerned; this information is exempt from disclosure under s. 40(2) FOIA. We do not hold data on ethnicity within this dataset.

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Andrew Latham
Information Governance Secondee

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