Dear Thames Valley 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.
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Please see below a link to the relevant area of our force website which may also assist:-
Internal staff - Although we will also aim to get back to you as quickly as possible, please find relevant material on the JIMU intranet/knowzone pages.
Please see attached response to your recent Freedom of Information
Sav Mahay | Public Access Officer
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Internal Telephone: 3006321
Address: Thames Valley Police Headquarters, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5
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