Today the Oxford Mail can reveal the shocking extent of crimes reported on school grounds across the county.
Police were called to more than 400 reports of crimes at Oxfordshire school sites in the past three years.
They include allegations of rape, sexual assault, grievous bodily harm, possession of drugs and weapons.
So, where? Well, we can’t tell you that.
Approximately a third of the offences were reported on school grounds in the city, though the exact schools cannot be identified for legal reasons.
We can’t tell you that either (even if in the past, we’ve told you all the details we can).
Thames Valley Police did not provide details of how many of those reports resulted in charges or convictions.
Probably embarrassed to do so…
Thames Valley Police refused to reveal where the reported rapes took place.
And the reason for this close-mouthed approach?
And when asked about why the public were not informed, Chief Superintendent Tim De Meyer told the Oxford Mail he did not believe it was “in the public interest” to share all crimes with the media.
He added: “I think the extent to which police publish crime should be on a case to case basis. Where it is in the public interest and witnesses are required to it then, of course, we should publicise it.
“But if it involves only a couple of people and it is of a sensitive nature affecting young people, it is not in the public interest to do so.”
Actually, even if it involves more than ‘a couple of people’, they won’t tell you!
Eight sexual assaults reported in 2010 were all by one offender on eight different pupils.
Now, wouldn’t you want to know if that was at your child’s school?
The police did not provide details of whether the offences were committed by or against pupils or teachers.
The unions, of course, only care about the one group:
Gawain Little, secretary of the Oxfordshire branch of the National Union of Teachers, said the union dealt with cases of teachers being assaulted.
He said: “This is another of the big difficulties facing teachers today. They should be protected from facing those problems.”