Street grooming: incidence statistics

Tina Wingfield made this Freedom of Information request to Merseyside Police Authority

The request was partially successful.

From: Tina Wingfield

8 February 2011

Dear Merseyside Police Authority,

1. Are there clear service protocols in place which distinguish
between the crime of street grooming by gangs and rape? [If so,
please provide copies of the guidance documents in place].

2. When were the first reports of street grooming by gangs
received?

3. How many complaints have been received in total?

4. How many complaints have involved female victims?

5. How many complaints have involved male victims?

Yours faithfully,

Tina Wingfield

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From: Tina Wingfield

24 February 2011

Dear Merseyside Police Authority,

May I please specifiy a time frame for my information request?

I would like street grooming statistics for the period 2000 to
2010.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Tina Wingfield

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From: Caton, Paul MPA

25 February 2011

Dear Ms Wingfield,

Having considered the information you have requested in respect of the
above, it is clear that the Authority does not hold any detailed
information in respect of your questions as the operational management in
respect of these kinds of issues are the responsibility of the Chief
Constable of Merseyside Police. As you know, the Chief Constable is a
separate authority and under the Act and responsible for matters
pertaining to the Force on these issues. I should therefore be grateful if
you would kindly give me your permission to pass on the requests which I
shall do as a matter of urgency.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact Merseyside Police directly. The
contact details are as follows:-

The Disclosure Manager,

Merseyside Police

Information Bureau

Disclosure Unit

PO BOX 59

LIVERPOOL

L69 1JD

The contact telephone details are: 0151 777 7017, 18, 19 & 20. Fax; 0151
777 7099. 24 hour voice subject access application line: 0151 777 7070.
Access can also be gained via the Force's website.

Please let me know your wishes.

Yours sincerely

Paul Caton

Committee and Administration Manager

Merseyside Police Authority

0151 285 5504

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From: Tina Wingfield

26 February 2011

Dear Caton, Paul MPA,

Thank you for your email, informing me that the Merseyside Police
Authority doesn't hold the information I have requested.

I would be grateful if you could, as suggested, forward my request
to the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours sincerely,

Tina Wingfield

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Merseyside Police Authority

28 February 2011

Dear Ms. Wingfield,

I write in connection with your application for information which was
received by Merseyside Police on transfer from the Mersesyide Police
authority on 28th February 2011. I note that you seek access to the
following information:

(Paraphrased) Information relating to sexual offences including statistics.

This is to inform you that I can not identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided. To enable Merseyside Police to meet your request could you please
provide this office with further information. I provide some guidance that
may assist you more clearly to describe the information you require:

In your first application you refer to the 'crime of street grooming by
gangs'. Please define the statutory offence to which the phrase is meant
to refer. The statutory offence in section 15, Sexual Offences Act, 2003
does not refer to a crime of 'street grooming by gangs', but to the sexual
offence of 'grooming'. The offence of grooming does not have to occur in a
street, nor to there being more than one person involved in the act of
grooming. Please define the minimum number of persons you would consider to
be a 'gang'.

If you wish to redefine the application please do so.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory time scale of
20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third
party.

However, if the requested information has not been received by one month
after the above date, I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and it will be treated as withdrawn.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collection and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive the
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request will
remain unanswered.

Yours faithfully,

D Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL
L69 1JD

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From: Tina Wingfield

14 March 2011

Dear Merseyside Police Authority,

Thank you for your email, dated 28th February 2011.

With regard to the queries you raise about the "definition of the
crime of street grooming by gangs", my questions relate to the
statutory sexual offence of grooming.

I am seeking information specifically in relation to the grooming
of vulnerable young girls for sex carried out by groups of men.

Yours sincerely,

Tina Wingfield

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Merseyside Police Authority

15 March 2011

Dear Ms Wingfield,

I write in connection with your application for information which was
received by Merseyside Police and your subsequent clarification. I note
that you seek access to the following information:

(Paraphrased) sexual grooming and gangs.

This is to inform you that I can not identify any specific records /
documents that will satisfy your request based on the details you have
provided. To enable Merseyside Police to meet your request could you please
provide this office with further information. Your clarification is in the
following format:

Dear Merseyside Police Authority,

Thank you for your email, dated 28th February 2011.

With regard to the queries you raise about the "definition of the
crime of street grooming by gangs", my questions relate to the
statutory sexual offence of grooming.

I am seeking information specifically in relation to the grooming of
vulnerable young girls for sex carried out by groups of men.

Yours sincerely,

Tina Wingfield

However your original application is in the following terms:

1. Are there clear service protocols in place which distinguish between
the crime of street grooming by gangs and rape? [If so,
please provide copies of the guidance documents in place].

2. When were the first reports of street grooming by gangs received?

3. How many complaints have been received in total?

4. How many complaints have involved female victims?

5. How many complaints have involved male victims?

By your clarification are you now withdrawing application No. 5, as it
does not appear to fit with your declared intention in the clarification
e-mail?

I regret that as the application is still unclear it remains suspended
pending clarification.

After receiving your reply, your request will then be considered and you
will receive the information requested within the statutory time scale of
20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third
party.

However, if the requested information has not been received by one month
after the above date, I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed
with this request and it will be treated as withdrawn.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collection and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive the
payment from you. If you chose not to make a payment then your request will
remain unanswered.

Yours faithfully,

D Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL
L69 1JD

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From: Tina Wingfield

16 March 2011

Dear Merseyside Police Authority,

Thank you for your email, dated 15th March 2011.

I write to further clarify my request. My questions relate to
complaints about rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming offences
involving a street gang (consisting of two or more members) or
multiple offenders.

Please allow me to re-define my application, as below:

Question 1: Withdrawn.

Question 2: Withdrawn.

Question 3: How many complaints about rape, sexual assault and
sexual grooming, involving a street gang (consisting of two or more
members) or multiple offenders, were received during the period
2005 to 2010?

Question 4: How many of these complaints were made by female
victims?

Question 5: How many of these complaints were made by male victims?

Yours faithfully,

Tina Wingfield

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Merseyside Police Authority

16 March 2011

Dear Ms. Wingfield,

Reference No : DJAN- 8EHJ2H (please quote in all correspondence)

Thank you for your amended application for information received by Merseyside Police on 16/03/2011. I note that your
are now seeking information relating to:

(amended application) :

Question 3: How many complaints about rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming, involving a street gang
(consisting of two or
more members) or multiple offenders, were received during the period 2005 to 2010?

Question 4: How many of these complaints were made by female victims?

Question 5: How many of these complaints were made by male victims?

Your request will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will now be considered.
You will receive a response within the statutory time-scale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to the
information not being exempt nor containing a reference to a third party. In the event that we are not able to
achieve this deadline you will be informed at the earliest opportunity and given a revised time-scale.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you have requested. If this
is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day time scale will be suspended until we receive payment from
you.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transfer to another public authority in order to answer your
query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Yours faithfully,

D. Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Merseyside Police
Information Bureau
Disclosure Unit
PO Box 59,
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Fax: 0151 777 7095
Email : [email address]

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11 April 2011


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Dear Ms Wingfield ,

Response Letter - FOI Application DJ21/11

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police on28/02/11 I note that you seek access to the
following information:

Question 1: Withdrawn.

Question 2: Withdrawn.

Question 3: How many complaints about rape, sexual assault and
sexual grooming, involving a street gang (consisting of two or more
members) or multiple offenders, were received during the period
2005 to 2010?

Question 4: How many of these complaints were made by female
victims?

Question 5: How many of these complaints were made by male victims?

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that you requested is held by Merseyside
Police.

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were conducted
in the Information Bureau
The searches located the records relevant to your request.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you. Please
find attached my full Response Table.

(See attached file: DJ 21_11.doc)

Complaint Rights

Your attention is drawn to the information following this response, which
details your rights review and of complaint.

(See attached file: Complaints info.doc)

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
to, or e-mail me, at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours faithfully

Sandra Miller
pp Mr Dennis Jackson
Disclosure Analyst
Information Bureau
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
Tel: 0151 777 7021
Fax: 0151 777 7095
E-mail: [email address]
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