Communications Act 2003 (9929/17)

Request

I would like to know how many people were arrested for alleged offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 in the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and the first six months of 2017, in the area under your administration. Please can you provide separate figures for each year
Please can you also provide the number of crime reports under Section 127 for the same time period and in the same year-by-year breakdown

Response

Please find attached our response and note that prior to 2015 Offences under Section 127 of the Communication Act and the Malicious Communications Act are not notifiable crimes as specified by the Home Office and therefore crimes regarding contraventions of these Acts were not required to be recorded. Therefore we cannot provide any information in respect of numbers of crimes concerning these Acts prior to 2015

Please also 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.

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