Dear Bedfordshire Police,
1a. Please provide the number of arrests you made in 2019/20 regarding online sexual offences of any kind related to children.
1b. Please provide a breakdown of all the sexual offences associated with these arrests:
e.g. section 8 of SOA 2003 [insert number]; section 10 of SOA 2003 [insert number]; section 12 of SOA 2003 [insert number] section 14 of SOA 2003 [insert number]; and section 15 of SOA [insert number]; section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 [insert number].
1c. Please specify the number of these arrests that involved at least one child decoy. By 'child decoy' I am referring to an adult who pretends to be a child.
2. Please provide the number of arrests you made in 2019/20 in connection with online sexual offences against children based on evidence acquired by your own officers acting as decoys.
3. Please provide the number of arrests you made in 2019/20 in connection with online sexual offences against children based on evidence provided to you by so-called paedophile hunters.
4. Please provide the names of all so-called paedophile hunting groups who provided information to you that led to the arrest of individuals in connection with sexual offences against children in 2019/20.
Dear D Moore,
I am writing in response to your request for information, received 4th
Dear Bedfordshire Police,
Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.
I am writing to request an internal review of Bedfordshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Paedophile hunters and online grooming'.
Thank you for the valuable information that you provided. I wish, however, that you review your response to my fourth request:
'4. Please provide the names of all so-called paedophile hunting groups who provided information to you that led to the arrest of individuals in connection with sexual offences against children in 2019/20.'
You engaged section 40 FOIA.
I consider that the information requested is not personal data because it refers to the name of a group and not an individual. Even if the information constituted personal data, it is not of a nature which goes to the essence of anyone's personality or private life. Additionally, it is not evident from your response that you asked any group caught by my request whether they would object to their name being disclosed. If a group agreed to disclosure, then i do not see how section 40 could be engaged. Time and again paedophile hunting groups when conducting 'stings' stress the importance of sharing their videos, so that more people can see the faces of suspects and consequently more children can be protected. Publicity is the very thing that they want. For example, here are three examples of the groups in action in your area:
Bedfordshire - UK Justice/4 The Kids
Luton - STOP
Luton - Broken Dreams
A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...
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