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Sexual Communication with a Child offences (8035/19)


I’d like to receive in Excel format, for every year from April 2017, the number of Sexual Communication with a Child offences recorded, further broken down by:

  1. MONTH
  2. METHOD USED e.g. Snapchat / Facebook etc
  3. AREA the area in which the offence occurred, which may be categorized depending on the police force by: Area, or Borough, or Operational Command Unit
  4. SELF DEFINED ETHNICITY OF SUSPECT e.g. A1: Asian Indian; A2: Asian Pakistani
  6. GENDER OF SUSPECT the gender of the suspect, usually Female, Male or Unknown/unrecorded
  7. GENDER OF VICTIM as above
  8. AGE OF SUSPECT the age or age group of the suspect: 0-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+, Unknown
  9. AGE OF VICTIM the age of the victim
  10. OUTCOME – the outcome, e.g. charged

If it is not possible to release all of the data due to cost limitations, please explain why and release some rather than none of the information


Please find attached our response.

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.