I would like to submit the following request under the Freedom of Information Act:
Please can you provide a table giving
- the number of reported sexual offences against children aged under 18, for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.
- the ages of the victims for each of the offences.
- the number of offences that had a cyber flag attached.
Please be aware that we do not record under a ‘cyber’ marker only an ‘Internet’ Marker which is the marker we have used.
|Victim Age||Internet Involved = Yes||Grand Total|
Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.
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 those data.
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.