Communications Act Offences - 210/21

Date Responded 19 March 2021

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:

1. How many people have been arrested under suspicion of an offence under Section 127 (1) of the Communications Act 2003? Please provide the figures for: (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020.

2. How many people have been convicted of an offence under Section 127 (1) of the Communications Act 2003? Please provide the figures for: (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020.

3. How many people have been arrested under suspicion of an offence under Section 127 (2) of the Communications Act 2003? Please provide the figures for: (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020.

4. How many people have been convicted of an offence under Section 127 (2) of the Communications Act 2003? Please provide the figures for: (a) 2018, (b) 2019, (c) 2020.

In Response:

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 both the Corporate Development and Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

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.

This is covered by a single HO code, 196/07 Improper use of public electronic communications network. This is a non-notifiable offence and thus in some cases the information we can provide is limited. Notably as this is covered by one HO code we cannot split the data down without a manual review; this is not possible for the disposal data as it cannot be linked to an incident. The information we are able to provide, with the above noted, is as follows.

The above offences are held under a single HO code, as follows:

196/07 Improper use of public electronic communications network

Year

2018

2019

2020

Arrests

28

29

40

Convictions

28

41

28


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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