Dear West Midlands Police Service,
I would like to know how many 'corrosive attacks against the person' (also known as 'acid attacks' or 'corrosive fluid offences') were reported to the West Midlands 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
Dear Dr Young
FOI Request Reference: 836A/20
Thank you for your request for information, received 05/10/2020. I
apologise for the late delivery of this response.
1) I would like to know how many 'corrosive attacks against the person'
(also known as 'acid attacks' or 'corrosive fluid offences') were reported
to the West Midlands Police Service during the period 2010-2020?
2) 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?
Please find attached our response. In addition, please note that whether
something is gang related is not held in a readily retrievable format,
therefore to determine this information would require manually reviewing
each crime record. Records may be annotated with a gang related marker,
but this is not a mandatory recording field so cannot be relied upon.
However, a search has been conducted for the gang related marker but no
results were found.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and
complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been
extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police
purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is
subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes
and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of
data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of
figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken
into account when those data are used.
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to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as
to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent
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