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Arrests for possessing indecent images (4114_17)


Clarification of original request

You confirmed you would like us to search for the following offences.

Possession is recorded under offence – Possession of an indecent or pseudo- photograph of a child which is recorded under offence code 86/10

Distribution is recorded under offence 86/3 indecent matter publically displayed.

Production is recorded under 86/2 – Take/ make/ distribute indecent photographs or pseudo- photographs of children


I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your police force.
I would request the following information for the calendar years between 2011 and 2016:
How many recorded crimes have there been under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, s.160, Protection of Children Act 1978, namely those arrested by your force for possessing indecent images of minors. I would ask for a breakdown of those arrested for possession, distribution and production of indecent images of children.
Could you please provide a breakdown of the outcomes for each arrest made. For example, was the person charged, released or are they still under active investigation or released on bail.


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.