Date Responded 15 June 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. Please tell me the number of recorded offences under s.15A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, sexual communication with a child, (Home Office recording code 71/17) recorded from (and including) July 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021

2. Where possible I would like to know the age and gender of the victim, broken down into age groups: 11 and under, 12-15, 16 and over.

3. Please tell me the age and gender of the youngest victim.

4. Please tell me all the forms of communication (eg. which social media or messaging platform such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik etc.) that have been recorded as having been used in connection with recorded offences under s.15A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, sexual communication with a child, from (and including) July 1st 2020 to March 31st 2021.

5. Where the number of victims is greater than zero but fewer than five, please use a * if necessary, rather than rejecting my request on the grounds of protecting personal information.

In Response:

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. 119.

Age Group

Count

11 and under

24

12 to 15

54

16 and over

8

Not stated

33

Total

119

 

  1. A male in the 11 and under age group.

 

Platform

Count

Chat hour

1

Chatroom

1

Discord

2

Email

1

Face to face

5

Facebook

4

Facebook Messenger

5

Facebook Messenger/Hornet/Whatsapp

1

Facebook/Instagram

1

Facetime

1

Finger

1

Games Console

3

Games Console/Snapchat/TikTok

1

Google Chrome

1

Instagram

25

Instagram/Kik/Meetme/Snapchat

1

Instagram/Snapchat

1

Mobile phone

2

Mobile phone/Text

1

Mylol

1

Roadblocks

1

Roblox

1

Skout/Whatsapp

2

Snapchat

22

Snapchat/Whatsapp

3

Snapchat/Wink

1

Text

1

Text Message

3

Text Message/Whatsapp

2

Text messages

3

Whatsapp

9

Not stated

12

Total

119

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