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Date Responded 26 September 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:

 

How many reports of grooming linked to online gaming did you receive in 2017?

How many reports of grooming linked to online gaming did you receive in 2012?

How many reports of grooming linked to online gaming did you receive in 2007?

Please search with these keywords. ‘Xbox’ and ‘Playstation’

 

 

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.

All crimes created between 1st Jan – 31st Dec 2012 or 2017 and those allocated between 1st Jan – 31st Dec 2007 for the below offences were searched.

 

- 088/01 Meeting a female child following sexual grooming etc

- 088/02 Meeting a male child following sexual grooming etc

 

The MO was searched for the key words "Xbox" and/or "Playstation" and this has returned no results.

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. Also, 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.

From the negative results of the searches outlined above I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

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