Crimes of Violence: Acids

Home Office written question – answered on 26th July 2017.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recorded number of (a) attackers and (b) victims of an incident involving a corrosive substance was by gender in (i) 2015, (ii) 2016 and (iii) 2017.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

Acid and other corrosive attacks resulting in injury are included in Office for National Statistics published statistics within the relevant offence, such as assault with injury or assault with intent to cause serious harm.

Indicative figures from the National Police Chiefs’ Council suggest that 408 acid or corrosive attacks were carried out in the six months up to April 2017, based on returns from 39 police forces in England and Wales. These figures must be treated with caution, as they are not official statistics. We have also announced a cross Government action plan to tackle the use of acid and other corrosives in violent attacks which includes improving police recording and reporting of offences.

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