Online Abuse (4139_13)

Request

1. In your authority, how many complaints of online abuse were reported under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, broken down year by year for 2013 (as recent as data is available for), 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

2. Of those complaints, how many for which formal investigations were launched, and of those cases where investigations were launched, in how many cases charges were brought against alleged offenders, again from down year by year for 2013 (as recent as data is available for), 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Response

Please find attached (4139_attachment_01.pdf).

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.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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