Driving Licence Forgeries

Charles Carrington made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Greater Manchester Police

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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Charles Carrington

Dear Greater Manchester Police,

I filed an FOI on 3 September 2011, but I cannot trace your response. The FOI request was:

"I wrote to Chief Superintendent Z Hamilton/Sheard (Tameside) on four separate occasions dated: 6 June 2009; 1 July 2009, 24 August 2009 and 28 May 2011 (Follow-up inquiry) regarding solid intelligence concerning a ring of forgers plying their trade on campus. These unscrupulous and heartless criminals were doing a roaring trade in counterfeit British Driving licences, targeted at foreign students.

As no one bothered contacting me for the details, one wonders how this intelligence could possibly have been utilized by Police to stem the supply of these illegal driving licences and prosecute those involved.

As I have seen the abject misery caused by disqualified and unqualified drivers who cause accidents and death on our roads, often killing pedestrians – many of whom are children, can you please tell me if the above four letters were received, and if so, why my information was apparently ignored?

Lastly, may I respectfully point out that every forged driving licence produced in this way, is like an unexploded bomb waiting to go off on our streets – not just today or tomorrow or next year, but for generations to come."

Yours faithfully,

Charles Carrington

Greater Manchester Police

Dear Mr Carrington

Greater Manchester Police received the below email on Monday 5th
September.

This request was not seen as a valid request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as it is seeking clarification of letters /
intelligence received.

As a matter of good practice, and so that you would not have to wait the
statutory 20 days, this email was forwarded to the relevant division so
that they could reply to you straight away.

Should you wish for Greater Manchester Police to action your request as a
Freedom of Information request please advise of this and we will action
it.

Many thanks

Amanda Ratcliffe
Information Access Officer

From: Charles Carrington <[FOI #87451 email]>
To: FOI requests at Greater Manchester Police
<[Greater Manchester Police request email]>
Date: 27/09/2011 14:45
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Driving Licence Forgeries

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     Dear Greater Manchester Police,
   
    I filed an FOI on 3 September 2011, but I cannot trace your
    response. The FOI request was:
   
    "I wrote to Chief Superintendent Z Hamilton/Sheard (Tameside) on
    four separate occasions dated: 6 June 2009; 1 July 2009, 24 August
    2009 and 28 May 2011 (Follow-up inquiry) regarding solid
    intelligence concerning a ring of forgers plying their trade on
    campus. These unscrupulous and heartless criminals were doing a
    roaring trade in counterfeit British Driving licences, targeted at
    foreign students.
   
    As no one bothered contacting me for the details, one wonders how
    this intelligence could possibly have been utilized by Police to
    stem the supply of these illegal driving licences and prosecute
    those involved.
   
    As I have seen the abject misery caused by disqualified and
    unqualified drivers who cause accidents and death on our roads,
    often killing pedestrians – many of whom are children, can you
    please tell me if the above four letters were received, and if so,
    why my information was apparently ignored?
   
    Lastly, may I respectfully point out that every forged driving
    licence produced in this way, is like an unexploded bomb waiting to
    go off on our streets – not just today or tomorrow or next year,
    but for generations to come."
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Charles Carrington
   
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Charles Carrington

Dear Greater Manchester Police,

Thank you for your response.

My understanding of your reply is that Tameside Police will reply directly to me. If this is incorrect, or they do not reply, then would you please monitor the situation and advice me?

In addition, can you please tell me how they will reply - letter, email, etc.?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Carrington

Greater Manchester Police

Dear Mr Carrington,

Yes it is correct that you will receive a reply from Tameside Division.

Unfortunately this unit is unable to monitor the situation as we only deal
with Freedom of Information and Data Protection matters.

If you do not receive a response from Tamesdie Division please correspond
with them directly.

Regards

Caroline Barker
Information Access Officer
Information Services Branch
Greater Manchester Police
Internal: 62532
External: 0161 856 2532

From: Charles Carrington <[FOI #87451 email]>
To: [email address]
Date: 27/09/2011 16:34
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - Driving Licence Forgeries

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     Dear Greater Manchester Police,
   
    Thank you for your response.
   
    My understanding of your reply is that Tameside Police will reply
    directly to me. If this is incorrect, or they do not reply, then
    would you please monitor the situation and advice me?
   
    In addition, can you please tell me how they will reply - letter,
    email, etc.?
   
    Thank you.
   
    Yours faithfully,
   
    Charles Carrington
   
   

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Charles Carrington

Dear Greater Manchester Police,

May I please withdraw this Freedom of Information request?

I was only thinking about drivers using counterfeit driving licenses, which I had specific information on, and the public’s safety, especially vulnerable road users such as children.

However, I think I must have made too many waves, and possibly an enemy or two. Why? Well, I was the victim of a frightening episode that could have cost me my life, and it involved the Police.

Consequently, I will write to the Chief Constable with full details, and lodge an overdue complaint at the same time against the Police for what I believe to be Dereliction of Duty and subsequent harassment.

Most respectfully, in the meantime, I do hope I do not receive any more harassment due to my forthcoming complaint against the Police as this, along with intimidation, has been attempted before.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Charles Carrington