The Avon and Somerset police area is a hotspot for revenge porn

People in Bath could be twice as likely to be convicted for revenge porn, after stats revealed the Avon and Somerset police area as a hotspot for the crime.

There were 13 convictions for disclosing private sexual photographs and films without consent and with intent to cause distress across the force area in 2016.

This was a rate of 7.8 convictions per one million people, nearly twice the England rate of 4.3 convictions for every one million people.

Of those convicted in 2016, 12 were men and one was a woman. The numbers were up from nine convictions, eight of men and one of a women, in the nine months from April to December 2015.

Across England and Wales, there were 293 adults proceeded against and 247 convictions for revenge porn last year.

This was up from 268 people proceeded against and 218 convictions between April and December 2015.

The majority of people found guilty in England and Wales were men, with 216 found guilty in 2016, along with 30 women, and one case where gender was not stated.

Six boys aged under 18 were also proceeded against on charges relating to revenge porn in 2016, with two convictions, compared to three proceeded against and three convictions in 2015. One girl aged under 18 was also proceeded against and convicted in 2016.

Revenge porn, under Section 33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, came into force on April 13, 2015. The Revenge Porn Helpline was launched in February of that year to help tackle the problem of people sharing intimate images of their former partners online.

Judges have discretionary powers to prohibit the naming of victims if identification would affect the case and cause undue fear or distress.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Revenge porn is an awful abuse of trust which can leave victims feeling humiliated and degraded. Since we changed the law, there have been over 550 prosecutions for this offense which carries a maximum sentence of two years behind bars – proving our tough stance is working.

“By making it a specific offense, we have sent a clear message that this crime will not be tolerated.”

The figures were released by the Ministry of Justice following a Freedom of Information request.