Assaults in which acid is used as a weapon

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Since January 2012, how many attacks in which acid has been weapoinised (referred to in the media as acid attacks) have taken place within the catchment area of the Metropolitan Police Service?

In each instance, what was the ethnicity of the perpetrators and the victims?

How many were determined to be hate crimes?

Yours faithfully,

Mike Law

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Law

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001170

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30/06/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Since January 2012, how many attacks in which acid has been
weapoinised (referred to in the media as acid attacks) have taken
place within the catchment area of the Metropolitan Police Service? In
each instance, what was the ethnicity of the perpetrators and the
victims? How many were determined to be hate crimes?

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Dear Mr Law
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001170
I am emailing you in connection with your request for information which
was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30/06/2017.  I
note you seek access to the following information:
Since January 2012, how many attacks in which acid has been weapoinised
(referred to in the media as acid attacks) have taken place within the
catchment area of the Metropolitan Police Service?   In each instance,
what was the ethnicity of the perpetrators and the victims?  How many were
determined to be hate crimes?
Unfortunately we have been unable to respond to you within the statutory
time frame provided under the FoIA legislation, please accept my apologies
for this delay.  I can confirm that I am still working on your request and
I hope to get a response to you as soon as possible.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.
Yours sincerely,

Lisa Murphy
Information Manager
 
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

This Freedom of Information Request is long overdue. Please provide the information requested or explain why this information has not been made available.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Law

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Law,

I can confirm that your request is still currently in progress. I have forwarded your email to the Information Manager currently dealing with your request (Damion Baird), he should be in touch with a response to your query below.

Regards,

Kolsuma Sultana
Administrative Assistant | Freedom Of Information Triage Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service
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Dear Mr Law,

Thank you for your email. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused.

The data to answer your request has been produced and is currently being checked prior to its release. I hope to be in a position to respond to your request later this week.

Yours sincerely

Damion

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Law,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001170

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 30 June 2017. I apologise for the
delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused. I note
that you seek access to the following information:

"Since January 2012, how many attacks in which acid has been weapoinised
(referred to in the media as acid attacks) have taken place within the
catchment area of the Metropolitan Police Service?

In each instance, what was the ethnicity of the perpetrators and the
victims?

How many were determined to be hate crimes?"

Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. These searches located the requested
information.

DECISION
I have disclosed the located information to you. Please find attached
information pursuant to your request above.

CONTEXT
We are delivering a London wide plan that links with the Home Office and
NPCC strategies to tackle the increase in corrosive attacks. The Home
Office is currently developing a set of voluntary commitments for
individual retailers to restrict access to acid and other harmful
corrosive products.

We recognise the lasting impact on victims of corrosive attacks, and are
improving our response through training, investment and joint working.

We have been guided by the NHS, and the key treatment for these injuries
is to flush the injury with lots of water. So some response cars are now
equipped with 5L bottles, with a full role out to follow in the coming
weeks. We are also looking at a kit which would be available to every
borough and as well as water would also include protective eyewear and
gauntlets. We are also including a separate input into officers' first aid
training.

LFB obviously have gallons of water available to them so we have now
introduced a procedure whereby when an incident is flagged as an "acid
attack" it will also be flagged to the LFB.

We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to
report it to police, and we appeal to parents, relatives and professionals
to assist us in identifying and challenging those who carry or seek to
carry noxious substances in public without a lawful excuse.

If someone is in fear of being attacked with acid, or knows someone who is
going to use it, they need to report it to police or confidentially
through Crimestoppers and it will be actioned and you will be fully
supported.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS
This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to thank
you for your interest in the MPS.

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 161 6510 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
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attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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Complaint

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the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
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Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Law,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001170

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences
recorded within the MPS district. Within the spreadsheet provided to you,
there is a category titled ‘violent offences’. It should be noted that
this category, whilst capturing offences that have included some form of
violence, does not solely include offences that have involved the use of a
corrosive substance. For example, an assault takes place in which there is
the threat to use a corrosive substance. However, a corrosive substance
may not necessarily have been present. This offence would be captured
within the figures provided. I trust that this clarifies the figures.
Should you have any further questions, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

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Dear Mr Law,

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences.

 

The MPS has recently reviewed the recording and extraction of offences in
this area and as a result, has amended the dataset provided to you. Please
find an amended spreadsheet attached to this email. You will note that the
figures now reflect noxious/corrosive attacks against the person (commonly
known as acid attacks). These offences are captured within the category
titled ‘violent offences’. I trust that this information will be of use of
you.

 

Should you have any further questions, please contact me in writing or on
telephone number 0207 161 6510.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

From: Baird Damion - HQ Strategy & Governance
Sent: 10 November 2017 10:50
To: '[FOI #415286 email]'
<[FOI #415286 email]>
Subject: MPS FOIA - 2017060001170

 

Dear Mr Law,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017060001170

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences
recorded within the MPS district. Within the spreadsheet provided to you,
there is a category titled ‘violent offences’. It should be noted that
this category, whilst capturing offences that have included some form of
violence, does not solely include offences that have involved the use of a
corrosive substance. For example, an assault takes place in which there is
the threat to use a corrosive substance. However, a corrosive substance
may not necessarily have been present. This offence would be captured
within the figures provided. I trust that this clarifies the figures.
Should you have any further questions, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

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