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Corrosive substances (acid attacks) in Kent

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I would like to know how many 'corrosive attacks against the person' (also known as 'acid attacks' or 'corrosive fluid offences') were reported to Kent Police Service during the period 2010-2020?

In each instance, what was the sex, age and ethnicity of the suspects and the victims and how many were determined to be gang-related?

Thanking you in advance,
Dr Tara Young

Freedom of Information Kent,

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Dear Dr Young

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 20/10/1182

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 5^th October 2020.

I would like to know how many 'corrosive attacks against the person' (also
known as 'acid attacks' or 'corrosive fluid offences') were reported to
Kent Police Service during the period 2010-2020?

 1. In each instance, what was the sex, age and ethnicity of the suspects
and the victims and
 2. how many were determined to be gang-related?

Unfortunately your request engages the cost exemption at Section 12 FOIA.
Section 12 provides an exemption from a public authority’s obligation to
comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is
estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. The Freedom of Information and
Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 state that
the appropriate cost limit is 18 hours in the case of the Police Service.

The reason for engaging the exemption is question 2. In order to determine
if the reported incident was gang-related, would require the manual review
of all incidents and subsequently the victim/suspect records in order to
determine the relationship at the time of the offence. This would amount
to the manual review of many hundred of records for the 10 year period,
which is expected to exceed the 18 hour working limit.

When Section 12 is engaged, our duty under Section 16 requires that we
assist you in refining your request so as to bring it within the cost
limit. In this instance we would suggest the following refinement.

I would like to know how many 'corrosive attacks against the person' (also
known as 'acid attacks' or 'corrosive fluid offences') were reported to
Kent Police Service during the period 2010-2020?

In each instance, what was the sex, age and ethnicity of the suspects and
the victims and

If you would like to proceed with the refined request please advise us and
we will log and process the new request as soon as possible. You will be
contacted with a new reference number if this is the case.

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please do
not hesitate to contact us. If you are dissatisfied with the way your
request has been handled please refer to the ‘your rights summary’
attached for details of the next step you are able to take.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Staden

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

 

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Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.
For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
personal data please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/privacy/ or
https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/privacy/. Additionally for our Terms and
Conditions please go to https://www.kent.police.uk/hyg/terms-con...
or https://www.essex.police.uk/hyg/terms-co...

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