Internet Grooming (2572_15)


1a. How many cases of internet grooming (of a child or young person) has your police force investigated in 2015 so far?

In each case, please state:

  1. Age of child
  2. Age of suspect (where known)
  3. Summary of incident
  4. Was an arrest/charge made
  5. Please state the computer programme used to contact the child. Please note this could be a social media messaging service, app or chatroom, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Blendr, etc.

2a – g. Same for 2014

3a – g. Same for 2013


Please find attached (2572_attachment_01.pdf).

In addition, 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 information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out with 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.


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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