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Charges and Cautions under the Malicious Communications Act

Question

1. The number of people charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. 

2. The number of people charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. 

3. The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. 

4. The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. 

5. The number of the above cases which have involved social media. 

I would like all this information broken down for the last two completed financial years (i.e., 2014-15 and 2015-16) but will accept calendar years (2014 and 2015) if it is easier for you to do it that way.

Answer

Please find the requested information in the table below. We have also provided the number of postal requisitions as together with the number of charges, they form all prosecutions. Conditional cautions have also been provided.

Number

Number that involved   social media

2014/15

2015/16

2014/15

2015/16

1. The number of people charged under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. 

Charges

57

61

3

1

Postal   Requisitions

5

14

0

1

2. The number of people charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. 

Charges

36

42

4

5

Postal   Requisitions

7

17

2

1

3. The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003. 

Cautions

14

9

3

3

Conditional   Cautions

0

0

0

0

4. The number of cautions that have been issued for an offence under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. 

Cautions

47

23

7

7

Conditional   Cautions

0

1

0

0

FOI reference: 1060/16.

Date of request: 19.08.16.