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Crimes posted on social media - 751/18

Date Responded 10 August 2018

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. In the 2017 calendar year how many offences did your force log of "making a threat to kill" where the threat was posted on Facebook?

2. Starting from the month of October 2017 please provide me with copies of the first five MOs that relating to question 1 complete with the wording that was used on Facebook. [Note: To avoid falling into an exemption I am content for names, ages, geography or any other personal detail to be redacted].

We sought clarity for question two for your end date and you said, “the end date would be the date of the fifth such incident after October 2017, If you don’t have five from that date then it is just those you have and there is no end date”. 

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 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. 

1. 13

2. There were 3 occasions.  MOs below.

a. THREAT VIA SOCIAL FACEBOOK CAUSING VICTIM TO FEAR THAT THE THREAT WOULD BE CARRIED OUT

b. MAKES THREATS TO HARM VIA FACEBOOK AND PHONECALLS CAUSING  ALARM HARASSMENT AND DISTRESS   

c. POSTS ON FACEBOOK COMMENT MAKING THREATS TO KILL.  VICTIM BELIEVES WILL BE CARRIED OUT    

Additionally, Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that information is held relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption: 

Section 23(5) Information supplied by or concerning certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest. 

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