Extortion: Prosecutions

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st May 2019.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many successful prosecutions have been brought for the offence of blackmail against people that demanded money to leave sites which they are occupying illegally in each year since 2010.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Information regarding prosecutions and convictions for blackmail offences from 2010 to 2018 can be found at the following link –

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/802314/outcomes-by-offence-tool-2018.xlsx

Filter the ‘Offence’ field to ’35 Blackmail’ to obtain these figures. The total number of defendants proceeded against as well as those convicted of blackmail for the 2008-2018 decade will appear in the pivot table.

However, specific information regarding blackmail offences, such as the offence of blackmail against people that demanded money to leave sites which they were occupying illegally, may be held on court record. But to be able to identify these cases, as they are not held centrally, we would have to access individual court records which would be of disproportionate cost.

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