MPS statements posted on social media

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4162
Question By: 
Sian Berry
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Images of police statements by young victims and witnesses of violent crime are increasingly being circulated on social media. This seems to be a method of harassment and intimidation. What is the Metropolitan Police Service doing to combat online intimidation of this kind?

Answer

Answer for MPS statements posted on social media

Answer for MPS statements posted on social media

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Defendants are entitled to know who prosecution witnesses are (ie their names) unless they (the witnesses) are anonymous. This means that the defendants can have copy statements.

In order to give a witness anonymity, there is specific legislation set out in the coroners and justice act 2009. The act requires certain criteria including approval by the judge in the case.

The MPS will consider with criminal justice system partners how to reduce the risk in line with broader activity to support vulnerable and intimidated victims and witnesses.