Malicious Communications (4116_17)


For the period of April 2013 to March 2017 please provide the number of reported offences under the following offences: Serious Crime Act, s.67 (2015); Sexual Offences Act, s.10, s.12, s.15 (2003); Communications Act, s.127 (2003); Malicious Communications Act, s.1.


Further please provide the outcomes for each crime.


Please find attached our response and note that the Serious Crime Act, s.67 (2015); did not come into force until April this year and also section 127 Communications Act is not a Police recordable offence.

Please also note that over the period of time requested there have been several changes in classifications of offences and coding of outcomes.


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.



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