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Arrests/Charges and Cautions Relating to Indecent Images of Children

Question

I wish to know, for each calendar year for the following separate years 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005:

- How many individuals have been arrested/ charged or cautioned on suspicion of making, possessing, possessing to show, distributing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children/ forbidden images of children?

- How many of the suspects were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest/ charge/ caution?

- How many were prosecuted for the crime?

To clarify, I wish for this information to be provided to me broken down by year, rather than as a total amount for all years.

Answer

The information has been provided below. Information is only available from 2007 onwards. We have included voluntary attendance in the arrest figures.  Please note a charge is a prosecution.

 All Individuals

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Grand Total

Arrests and Voluntary Attendance

68

93

134

116

108

86

133

116

113

1148

Charge

31

40

63

50

48

38

43

56

37

472

Caution

7

10

11

3

11

8

9

5

2

78

 

Individuals under 18

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Grand Total

Arrests and Voluntary Attendance

6

2

4

7

1

4

9

7

6

62

Charge

 

 

1

3

 

 

 

3

2

11

Caution

 

2

 

 

 

1

1

2

1

8

FOI reference: 1171/16.

Date of request: 22.09.16.