I wish to know, for each calendar year for the following separate years 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005:
– How many individuals have been arrested/ charged or cautioned on suspicion of making, possessing, possessing to show, distributing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children/ forbidden images of children?
– How many of the suspects were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest/ charge/ caution?
– How many were prosecuted for the crime?
To clarify, I wish for this information to be provided to me broken down by year, rather than as a total amount for all years.
Please find attached our response. Please note, that our arrest database is not linked to our crimes database therefore the figures have been obtained from two separate sources. Some of the attached data relates to historic incidents where the offender may have been dealt with at a later date.
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.
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.