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Date Responded 03 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:

1. Please tell me the number of offences recorded between April 1st 2017 and March 31st 2018 under the following codes where the crime record includes the words ‘live stream’, ‘live-stream’, ‘livestream’, ‘livestreaming’, ‘live-streaming’ or ‘live streaming’:

•           21 (sexual activity involving a child under 13)

•           22B (sexual activity involving a child under 16)

•           88A (sexual grooming)

•           88E (exposure and voyeurism)

•           71/17 Sexual Communication with a Child 

2. For each offence, please run a search for the following key words, and tell me how many of those offences included a reference to each of these terms:

- Facebook

- Periscope

-Twitter

- Instagram

- Musical.ly

-Live.ly

-Twitch

-YouTube

- Facetime

-Skype

- Whatsapp call

- Snapchat

- Omegle

- Sarahah

- Steam

-Discord

-Tumblr

- Yellow

- Yubo

- Google hangouts

-Oovoo

-Xbox live

- Playstation network 

3. Of the results from question 1, for each offence, how many were connected to the following offence:

- 086/02 Take, permit to be taken or to make distribute or publish indecent photographs or pseudo - photographs of children 

4. Of the results from question 1, please tell me:

(a) The age of the youngest victim recorded

(b) How many victims were within the following age bands:

- 11 and under;

- 12 to 15;

- 16 to 17.

An email was received from you in which you made an amendment to your original request for questions 1 and 2, and you said, 

“I wish to make clarification to my Livestreaming FOI request sent on Wednesday July 18th

In question 1, instead of requesting information about Home Office Code 88A (which I now understand is an umbrella code encompassing multiple offences), I wish to request information about Home Office Codes 88/1 and 88/2 (meeting a child following sexual grooming). 

I have also slightly changed the wording for question two, to make clear that I am asking about the results of question one, following some feedback from FOI officers. 

To make this clear, I have made my desired changes in red below. 

1. Please tell me the number of offences recorded between April 1st 2017 and March 31st 2018 under the following codes where the crime record includes the words ‘live stream’, ‘live-stream’, ‘livestream’, ‘livestreaming’, ‘live-streaming’ or ‘live streaming’:

•           21 (sexual activity involving a child under 13)

•           22B (sexual activity involving a child under 16)

•           88/1 and 88/2 (meeting a child following sexual grooming)

•           88E (exposure and voyeurism)

•           71/17 Sexual Communication with a Child 

2. Of the results from question one, for each offence, please run a search for the following key words, and tell me how many of those offences included a reference to each of these terms:

- Facebook

- Periscope

-Twitter

- Instagram

- Musical.ly

-Live.ly

-Twitch

-YouTube

- Facetime

-Skype

- Whatsapp call

- Snapchat

- Omegle

- Sarahah

- Steam

-Discord

-Tumblr

- Yellow

- Yubo

- Google hangouts

-Oovoo

-Xbox live

- Playstation network"

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.  2

2.  0

3.  0

4.  11 and under.   This has been given in the age bands to avoid exemptions being applied at point a. due to the extremely low numbers and to avoid the risk of identifying a victim. 

Additionally, Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that they hold any other information relevant to the whole of your request by virtue of the following exemption: 

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies 

The duty to confirm or deny does not arise if, or to the extent that, compliance with Section 1(1)(a) would involve the disclosure of any information (whether or not already recorded) which was directly or indirectly supplied to the public authority by, or relates to, any of the bodies specified in subsection (3). 

This is an absolute exemption and I am therefore not required to complete a public interest test. 

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