Dated: 23 Feb 2016
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 11 February 2016 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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.
I am making a Freedom of Information request under the FOIA 2000. Please provide, in an excel spreadsheet, the following information relating to the number of crimes reported under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, relating to possession of 'extreme pornography':
1. The number of crimes reported in the last 3 years.
2. A breakdown of age/ gender and race for each crime. By this could you provide the age gender and race for both the offender and the victim.
3. Specifically, how many crimes related to rape pornography, as described in amendment made in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.
4. The outcomes of the crimes
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 in part by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The information provided is based on the number of crimes relating to the possession of "extreme pornography".
Each crime has been viewed in order to answer the questions posed .
Please note that all the crimes have the victim recorded as "Regina", as such they don't have an age, gender or race breakdown.
The number of offenders is slightly higher than the number of recorded crimes as some crimes include multple offenders.
For question 4 this is based on the primary outcome for each crime and not based on how each offender has been disposed.
With the above in mind please see the attached which answers your query.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose
How to complain
If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure.
If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.