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How many Vietnamese children (under 18) were arrested by your force? (890.2017-18)

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Request:

I would like to know the following information under the Freedom of Information Act for every annual year from 2012 to date in 2017: 

1)How many Vietnamese children (under 18) were arrested by your force? 

2)How many of these arrested Vietnamese children were identified as potential victims of trafficking by your force and then referred to the National Referral Mechanism? 

3)What were these Vietnamese children arrested for? (Please provide as much detail as possible, at the very least, please would you summarise the nature of the crime in a couple of words. For example: “drugs-related offences”)

Request:

Extent and Result of Searches to Locate Information

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police.

I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by North Yorkshire Police.

Decision

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you.

1) Please see the table below which displays the count of arrests of children (aged 17 years and less), with the citizenship description of Vietnamese, segregated by calendar year 2012 to 2017.

Arrests of Vietnamese Citizenship’s – Arrested Person Aged 17 and under (to 29/11/2017)
Citizenship Description Count of Arrests
Viet Nam 8
2012 2
2013 2
2014 1
2016 3
Grand Total 8

2) I am exempting the provision of information relating to this request pursuant to section 23(1) – Information Supplied by, or Relating to, Bodies Dealing with Security Matters.

Section 17 of the Act requires North Yorkshire Police, when refusing to provide such information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies. Please see the relevant exemption headers below for further information.

3) Please see the table below which displays the count of offences that children (aged 17 or less), with the citizenship description of Vietnamese, were arrested for between the calendar years 2012 and 2017.

Arrests of Vietnamese Citizenship’s – Arrested Person Aged 17 and under (to 29/11/2017)
Calendar Year/ Offence Description Count of Offence
2012 3
Enter United Kingdom without leave – immigration 2
Travel on railway without paying fare 1
2013 2
Enter United Kingdom without leave – immigration 2
2014 3
Drive a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence 1
Immigration – enter / remain in UK beyond time limit 1
Use a motor vehicle on a road / public place without third party insurance 1
2016 5
Acquire / use / possess criminal property 2
Immigration – enter / remain in UK beyond time limit 1
Possess with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B – Cannabis Resin 2
Grand Total 13

Exemptions Explained

Section 23 – Information Supplied by, or Relating to, Bodies Dealing with Security Matters

 Section 23(1) applies as the information requested has been supplied directly or indirectly by one of the named security bodies, or relates to one of those bodies. The term “relates to” includes any information concerning or linked to the activities of a security body.

As it is an absolute class-based exemption I am not required to articulate the harm or the public interest in the confirmation or denial of information being held.

National Statistics are published by the National Crime Agency and can be found at the following hyperlink; http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-do/specialist-capabilities/uk-human-trafficking-centre/national-referral-mechanism

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Last modified: January 22, 2019