Social Media (4900_14)

Request

1. How many reports of crime relating to any sexual offence by an adult towards a child under 16 were recorded in your area in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and so far this year? Please also provide a breakdown of these crimes by type.
1b. How many of these reports of crime included reference to use of internet and / or mobile messaging services?
1c How many of these crimes have included reference to grooming via the internet?
1d. How many of these reports which included reference to grooming via the internet resulted in conviction?
2. Do you receive any official guidance from any government body as to how you record crimes which involve grooming or sexual offences towards children via the internet or messaging services? For example, whether that crime was cyber enabled / facilitated by the internet.
3. How many crimes have been reported which in some way relate to the following internet / messaging sites
a. Facebook.
b. Twitter.
c. Whatsapp
d. Snapchat
e. Instagram
f. Whatsapp
g. Tumblr

Please also provide a breakdown of these crimes. (eg: grooming)

Response

Please find attached our response.

In addition to the attached response, West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

• Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out with Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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