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.
For the calendar year 2017 (1/1/17-31/12/17) please can you tell me:
1 - How many people were charged by your force for meeting a child following sexual grooming contrary to section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The groups I would like you to search for are called "Dark Justice"; "Geordie Chasers"; "Guardians of the North"; and "Online Predator Investigations Team".
2 - How many people were charged by your force for attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.
3 - Of the total number from answer 1 added to answer 2 (so the total number of people charged with meeting a child plus those charged with attempting to meet a child) how many were charged based on some or all evidence provided by what are commonly known as vigilante paedophile hunter groups.
By that I mean any member of the public who acts as independent investigator to target people who use the internet to meet or attempt to meet children for sexual reasons.
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 attached.
FOI 143 -18 - Crimes Child Sexual Grooming