Proceedings for Offensive Speech/writing

Josie Appleton made this Freedom of Information request to Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Crown Prosecution Service,

I would like to know about your prosecutions under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, and Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003.

To make my request clear, I would like to know:

- The number of prosecutions under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 (for ‘threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour’ in the vicinity of a person ‘likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby’). I would like annual statistics, for the past 10 years please.

- The number of prosecutions under Section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 (Improper use of public electronic communications network). I would like annual statistics please, since the Act came into force. If possible, I would like a list of the names of all defendants.

Yours faithfully,

Josie Appleton

Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Ms Appleton

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information which was received on 16 October 2012 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note there is a twenty working day limit (from receipt of request) in which we are required to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The deadline for your request is 13 November 2012. However, we will endeavour to respond sooner.

Yours sincerely

Mr I V Baker
Information Management Unit
CPS HQ
E-mail: [CPS request email]

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Baker Ian, Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Ms Appleton

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

 

Please find attached a response to your FOIA request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mr I V Baker

Information Management Unit

Crown Prosecution Service

www.cps.gov.uk

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