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Section 63 Criminal Justice & Immigration Act

Question

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.

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 

Answer

Q1. We have 11 crimes reported under Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, relating to possession of 'extreme pornography'.

Q2. Please find the requested breakdown for the suspects below: 

Age

Ethnicity

 Count

22

IC1   - White

6

28

IC3   - African Caribbean

1

44

Unknown

4

49

50

52

55

57

61

64

Unknown

Genders were recorded as male in all but one case where the gender was recorded as unknown.

Q3. None of the crimes related to rape pornography.

Q4. Please find a breakdown of the outcomes below:

Outcome

Count

Charged/Summons

6

Caution

3

Filed - No   suspect identified

1

In addition, Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any further information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 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 in this case.  Confirming or denying the existence of whether information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out with Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

FOI Ref: 249/16

Date of Request: 11.02.16