Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
1.Can you please tell me how many arrests were made under section 127 of the Communications Act in the years 2016 and 2017?
2. And in how many of those cases were charges brought?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
With regards to data for arrests for 2016 made under section 127 of the Communications Act the below exemption applies.
As the information you have requested is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.
I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.
Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means
Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.
This information has been asked for previously, disclosed and is published on the Northumbria Police Disclosure Log, FOI 942/17 refers and the link to the Log is provided below.
With regards to the remainder, I respond as follows.
1.2017 – 26
2016 – 24
2017 – 14