Communication Acts (7876_19)

Request

Please disclose, for the calendar years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018:

  1. Regarding offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003:
  2. The number of people arrested.
  3. The number of people charged as a result.
  4. The number of people charged as a result of offences where the internet is used in commission of the offence.
  5. Regarding offences under the Malicious Communications Act 1988:
  6. The number of people arrested.
  7. The number of people charged as a result.
  8. The number of people charged as a result of offences where the internet is used in commission of the offence.

Response

Please find attached (7876_19_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.

Attachments

7876_19_attachment_01

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