Disclosure Details

Communications Act - 412/16

Dated: 19 Apr 2016

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 27 March 2016 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 at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. Could you please provide the count of arrests under Section 127 of the Communications Act where the circumstances of the arrest indicate that the communication type was online (e.g. email, internet, Facebook, Twitter) for the years 2010 to 2015 respectively?

2. Additionally, can you provide details on the number of defendants prosecuted for offences under Section 127 of the Communications Act in 2010 to 2015?

I would prefer a breakdown per year.

If all statistics for 2015 is not yet available, please provide as much as is available to date.


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 Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

1. Arrests

2011 - 3

2012 - 2

2013 - 3

2014 - 4

2015 - 2


2. Charges

2011 - 1

2012 - 1

2013 - 1

2014 - 1

2015 - 1


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes. 

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.