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Arrests of Minors for indecent images (1181A/20)


I would like to request information regarding the number of arrests (and number of proceeded against) of minors for an indecent imagery offence (Home Office Crime Code 86/2) under either S.1 Protection of Children Act 1978 or S.160 Criminal and Justice Act 1988 from 2010 to now (2020). I would also like to request the number of Outcome 21 recordings that have been made since the code’s induction in 2016.


Please find enclosed our response.

To confirm this is minors arrested in years as requested, for 2020 the figures cover 1st Jan – 10th Dec 2020.

These are all the outcomes of the offence you required.

Year of
Caution Charge Charged
No Further
Postal Charge/
2010 1 9 10
2011 5 1 10 16
2012 1 3 19 1 24
2013 2 8 15 25
2014 3 8 20 31
2015 1 4 17 22
2016 5 11 21 37
2017 4 7 1 12
2018 2 9 1 3 15
2019 1 14 1 5 21
2020 1 1 7 3 2 14
total 20 40 1 1 148 5 3 9 227


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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