Disclosure Details

Indecent Images - 960/12

Dated: 13 Dec 2012

Date of request:   05/12/2012

Date of response:   13/12/2012

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 5 December 2012 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

1. The number of crimes recorded in relation to possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children only.

2. Of that number how many were:
 a) arrested?
 b) dealt with by police caution?
 c) NFAed?
 d) charged with offences of possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children?
 e) convicted of offences of possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children?

3. How many people suspected of possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children last year (April 2011 – March 2012) were written to rather than arrested?

4. How many offenders were placed on the Sex Offenders Register by your force last year (April 2011- March 2012)?

5. How many cases of possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children were passed to your force by CEOP last year (April 2011- March 2012)?

6. How many cases of possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children were passed by your force to CEOP last year (April 2011- March 2012)?

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 both the Crime and Corporate Development Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

During the financial year April 2011 to March 2012:-

1. There were a total of 77 crimes recorded in relation to the possessing, downloading or distributing indecent images of children.  However, please note that this would not necessarily reflect the exact number of allegations as one allegation could relate to several crimes or an allegation may prove to be inaccurate therefore no crime would be created.

2. Of the 77 crimes identified above:-
 a) 75 were arrested.
 b) 24 were dealt with by police caution.
 c) 7 were NFA 'd.
 d) Currently 34, however this may increase as some cases are on-going.
 e) Currently 25, again this may increase as some cases are on-going.

3. None.

4. A total of 209 offenders were placed on the Sex Offenders Register by Northumbria Police for the period specified. You should note that this
is the total number of offenders and is not  just those offences involving children.

5. 86 referrals were received from CEOP.

6. No cases were passed by CEOP.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at Section 1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a request is held.  The second duty at Section 1(1)(b) is to disclose information that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a) states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relating to this request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the FOIA 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 test in this case.  Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the FOIA in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies. 

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 which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

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.

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