Communications Act 2003 - 217/19

Date Responded 22 March 2019

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.

You asked:

The number of

  1. arrests and
  2. charges

from 2015 under Home Office Counting  Rules,  8/72 for Social Media using the keywords Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram, and Youtube

In Response:

This data has been extracted using the specified time frames and keywords.  As with any keyword search, the search will only return exact matches within the Crime MO. This does not account for differences in terminology and/or spelling used. We cannot search the crime investigation screens/additional information screens, if the terms are not used within the MO the crime will not be identified.

With the above noted I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. Arrests

2015 – 1

2016 – 9

2017 – 7

2018 – 9

2019 – 1

2. Charge/summons

2016 – 3

2017 – 6

2018 - 5



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