Malicious Communications (9388_16)

Request

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request information about your force’s use of Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 and the Malicious Communications Act 1988, specifically I am asking for;
1.The number of people charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.
2.The number of people charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
3.The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.
4.The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under the Malicious Communications Act 1988.
5.The number of the above cases which have involved social media.
I would like all this information broken down for the last two completed financial years (i.e, 2014-15 and 2015-16) but will accept calendar years (2014 and 2015) if it is easier for you to do it that way.

Response

Please find attached our response.

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.

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