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Dating Sites (17299/19)


1) Please state the number of offence records listed in your crime database that contain the following keywords:

a) Kik

b) Telegram

c) Wickr

d) Vkontakte

e) Snapchat

f) Reddit

g) Tik Tok

h) Tumblr

Please identify these by conducting a free text search of your crime database, and provide information for each of the last five financial years, and the current financial year to 02.10.19.

2) Please provide a breakdown of the kind of offences recorded that included these keywords, for each individual keyword.

3) Please provide an anonymised copy of free text report for each incident recorded.


Please find data attached for questions 1 and 2.  In relation to question 3 the information requested is exempt by virtue of S14 (1) (Vexatious Requests). Section 14 (1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request if that request is deemed to be vexatious. To determine whether the request is likely to cause a disproportionate or unjustified level of disruption a number of factors have been taken into consideration. These have been outlined below.

The context and history of the request has been taken into consideration when making a decision as to whether Section 14 applies.

In order to provide this information we would need to conduct a manual review of in excess of 1200 records in order to anonymise the information.

The indicators outlined in the ICO guidance entitled ‘Dealing with vexatious requests (Section 14)’ have been taken into consideration when establishing whether this request is vexatious. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, neither does the request have to contain elements of all the indicators outlined.

In addition to the attached response West Midlands Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request 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 within 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.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

No inference can be taken from this refusal that any further information relevant to your request does or does not exist.