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Arrests Under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003

Question

I would like to know how many people were arrested for alleged offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 in the following years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and the first six months of 2017, in the area under your administration. Please can you provide separate figures for each year.

Please can you also provide the number of crime reports under Section 127 for the same time period and in the same year-by-year breakdown.

Answer

Please see the number of recorded offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 in the table below:

Year

Count Occurrence

2010

526

2011

433

2012

326

2013

224

2014

159

2015

138

2016

97

2017

71

With reference to the number of arrests, we are unable to electronically retrieve data prior to November 2015 due to a change in our recording system.  Below is the information that is available. 

Year

Count Arrests

2015*

9

2016

108

2017**

33

*Data from November

** Data up to end June 2017

FOI reference: 1058/17.

Date of request: 23.08.17.