Details relating to all unsolved murders in Essex

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Dear Essex Police,

In the 4 February 2016 edition of 'The Harlow Star', the Head of Cold Case Reviews, Kevin Macey, was quoted as saying that the unsolved murder of Beverley Brinkley in Harlow 13 years ago "remained one of the relatively few unresolved homicides in Essex".

Please therefore supply a list of all unresolved homicides in Essex, giving the following particulars:

1. Name of the murdered person
2. Date the person was murdered
3. Date of the last public appeal in each case made by Essex Police.

Please also state specifically whether the following deaths are classed by Essex Police as 'unresolved homicides':

A. Stuart Lubbock 1 April 2001
B. Lee Balkwell 18 July 2002

Yours faithfully,

Anthony Bennett

Data FOI Essex,

1 Atodiad

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Under the Freedom of Information Act we are required to reply within 20
working days.  The Act does not specify a limit to the number of
information requests a public authority may receive or the number of
requests or questions an applicant may submit.  However, there are
exemptions in the Act that can apply and these include where the cost of
complying with the request would extend beyond the reasonable cost limit,
(currently 18 hours or £450), or if the request is otherwise manifestly
unreasonable in its scope or nature. 

 

Requests that ask a great many questions, or a number of detailed requests
submitted at the same time, may make it necessary for Essex Police to
refuse the requests wholly or in part. The exemption at s14 may be engaged
if the burden on the authority is increased through multiple requests on
differing subjects

 

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Senior Information Officer (Wed – Fri)

Data Protection & Freedom of Information

Information Management

Corporate Services

Essex Police Headquarters

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Data FOI Essex,

1 Atodiad

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

In the 4 February 2016 edition of 'The Harlow Star', the Head of Cold Case
Reviews, Kevin Macey, was quoted as saying that the unsolved murder of
Beverley Brinkley in Harlow 13 years ago "remained one of the relatively
few unresolved homicides in Essex".

    

Please therefore supply a list of all unresolved homicides in Essex,
giving the following particulars:

    

     1. Name of the murdered person

     2. Date the person was murdered

     3. Date of the last public appeal in each case made by Essex Police.

    

Please also state specifically whether the following deaths are classed by
Essex Police as 'unresolved homicides':

    

     A. Stuart Lubbock 1 April 2001

     B. Lee Balkwell 18 July 2002

 

Essex Police does not hold all the information requested in a format that
allows it to be retrieved within the scope of FOI.

 

When responding to a request for information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act, a public authority is not obliged to provide
information if the authority estimates that the cost of the retrieval of
the information requested would be in excess of £450 (equivalent to 18
hours work). The costs criteria relates to a request in its entirety,
which means that if we cannot retrieve all of the information requested
within the costs limit, we are not obliged to retrieve any of the
information requested.

 

 Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to:

“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

I am afraid that the specific information regarding the last public appeal
in each case made by Essex Police is not held by Essex Police in what is
referred to as in a readily accessible format. Details could be held
within individual investigation files and therefore would require a manual
review of each case, this would entail the creation of data which we are
not obliged to do under the act and would exceed the time and costs limits
mentioned above.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide this part of the information you have requested under the
provisions of section 12(1) of the FOI Act. 

 

Therefore, and in accordance with section 17(5) of the Act, this
communication must act as a refusal notice to provide all of the
information that could be interpreted as being captured by your request.

Having said that, and in an effort to assist (although excess cost removes
the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act) I have made
enquiries within Essex Police and I can confirm the attached data and
below comments which have been provided to me, as at 29^th February 2016, 
in relation to your FOI submission.

 

Over the last ten years the following are shown as Unresolved Homicides

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  |Date of Offence |Name of Homicide Victim |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|1 |6.1.06 |Michael ZEPHANIAH |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|2 |25.3.06 |Michael ‘Joe’ SHIPTON |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|3 |15.9.08 |Paul DUCKENFIELD |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|4 |25.9.08 |Clive ENKEL |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|5 |9.12.10 |Duy Hai TRAN |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|6 |4.12.11 |Liam MEARNS |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|7 |15.10.12              |Sabah USMANI |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|8 |15.10.12 |Hira SHAKOOR |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|9 |15.10.12 |Sohaib SHAKOOR |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|10 |15.10.12 |Muneeb SHAKOOR |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|11 |15.10.12 |Rayyan SHAKOOR |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|12 |15.10.12 |Maheen SHAKOOR |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|13 |10.12.13 |Odele OSIFUWA |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|14 |6.5.13 |Sam GARCIA |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|15 |31.8.13 |Paul WICKERSPOON |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|16 |21.6.14 |Angela Millington |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|17 |13.4.15 |Nikolay VALKOV |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|18 |25.5.15 |Christopher MAY |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|19 |29.6.15 |John PALMER |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|20 |13.9.15 |John DEWART |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|21 |4.11.15 |Op Telegraph |
|--------+-------------------------+-------------------------------------|
|22 |8.12.15 |Paul SIMMONS-TURNER |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

I can advise that in respect of the Lubbock (2001) & Balkwell (2002)
investigations – both are classed as unresolved homicides.

 

I hope that the information I have provided is of assistance. Thank you
for your interest in Essex Police.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Corporate Services

Essex Police HQ
Internal extension 150028
Direct Dial 01245 452647
Essex Police Non emergency Telephone Number (within Essex) 101 (Outside
Essex) 0300 333 4444
Fax: Internal 150045 External 01245 452256
Website: [1]www.essex.police.uk

Information Management, Corporate Services , Essex Police Headquarters, PO
Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA

 

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If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your FOI request, you have
the right to ask for an internal review.

 

Internal review requests should be submitted within 20 working days of the
date of receipt of the response to your original request and should be
addressed to the Senior Information Officer at the above address or by
email to: [4]data[Essex Police request email]

 

They will conduct an internal review to investigate the handling of your
request and endeavour to reply within 20 working days. If your complaint
refers to a decision to apply an exemption it would assist the review if
you would outline the reasons why you feel the exemption does not apply.

                                                                                                                                           

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF or via [5]https://ico.org.uk/

 

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