Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

1. Can you please inform me of all persons -both MPS personnel and others, including Extinction Rebellion (XR) representatives -who met together to discuss the terms of the recent protest that blocked off Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge etc.
2. When and where did this meeting take place?
3. The concessions to XR were very generous to their cause - i don't recall Waterloo Bridge ever being blocked off like that for example.
What were the precise terms re: places they could occupy and disrupt and how long were they granted to occupy each place before they were supposed to leave?
3. The generous concessions to XR were at the expense of the taxpayer, various businesses, London traffic, Emergency Service vehicles etc.
What were the reasons that these concessions/terms were granted at great cost to many people? Perhaps the MPS representatives sympathised with the XR cause for example?
4. XR stayed longer than agreed. This was illegal. Have the leaders of XR been arrested/ charged with any offences for the enormous disruption caused and breaking the terms of the agreement?
If not, why not, and who made the decision not to press charges?
5.Various foot soldiers of XR were arrested and charged. How many were arrested in total? How many were charged and with what offence? How many have suffered some form of punishment for their actions after being charged and what punishment did they receive?
6. Were there any serious incidents/deaths that resulted from Emergency Services being delayed reaching people in need during the XR protest?

Yours faithfully,

Chris Moffett

Cyclops on behalf of Sheela Bhaskaran, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Official Sensitive

     

 

 

 

 

 

Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
  London
SW6 1SF
  United Kingdom

  Our Ref: 01/FOI/19/002855

  Date: 18/06/2019

   

 

 

 

Dear Mr Moffett

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/002855

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 14/06/2019.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

1. Can you please inform me of all persons -both MPS personnel and others,
including Extinction Rebellion (XR) representatives -who met together  to
discuss the terms of the recent protest that blocked off Marble Arch,
Waterloo Bridge etc.
2. When and where did this meeting take place?
3. The concessions to XR were very generous to their cause - i don't
recall Waterloo Bridge ever being blocked off like that for example.
What were the precise terms re: places they could occupy and disrupt and
how long were they granted to occupy each place before they were supposed
to leave?
3. The generous concessions to XR were at the expense of the taxpayer,
various businesses, London traffic, Emergency Service vehicles etc.
What were the reasons that these concessions/terms were granted at great
cost to many people? Perhaps the MPS representatives sympathised with the
XR cause for example?
4. XR stayed longer than agreed. This was illegal. Have the leaders of XR
been arrested/ charged with any offences for the enormous disruption
caused and breaking the terms of the agreement?
If not, why not, and who made the decision not to press charges?
5.Various foot soldiers of XR were arrested and charged. How many were
arrested in total? How many were charged and with what offence? How many
have suffered some form of punishment for their actions after being
charged and what punishment did they receive?
6. Were there any serious incidents/deaths that resulted from Emergency
Services being delayed reaching people in need during the XR protest?

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.  

 

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Sheela Bhaskaran

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Dear Cyclops on behalf of Sheela Bhaskaran,

I'm confused about the reply. Until re-reading this just now, i thought the link provided by Cyclops was from another member of the public who'd asked about XR. I think i was wrong and that this is your actual reply?

1. What is Cyclops? Is Artificial Intelligence answering FOI's now?
2. Was the link provided by Cyclops supposed to be an answer? The link - supposedly 48K- only shows a logo of the MPS with no information.
3. What does 'Official Sensitive' mean? Can you legally refuse this request because you (or Artificial Intelligence) think it's 'sensitive'?
4. I'd appreciate a prompt reply so i can then proceed with a formal complaint asap.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Moffett

Gadawodd Jason Sands anodiad ()

Chris if you look at the MPS email more closely, or at any of the earlier requests on this site you'll see that all you got so far was a pro forma acknowledgement of your request.

"Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act. "

The 20 working days aren't up until next week, but you may need to prompt the MPS to respond if they don't meet the statutory timescale.

Dear Cyclops on behalf of Sheela Bhaskaran,

A meaningful reply is overdue. What's the problem?

Yours sincerely,

Chris Moffett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Moffett,

 

Thank you for your email. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to
respond to your request within the 20 working day period. I have checked
our system and can see that the person dealing with this matter is Ian
Burgess.

Ian Burgess, please would you provide Mr Moffett with an update on this
request?

 

Regards

 

Yogita Singh| Administration Team | 
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | METHQ  | Metropolitan Police
Service
Telephone 0207 161 3500 | Email [email address]
Address:- Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, LONDON SW6 1SF

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Dear Mr Moffett

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/002855

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

I Burgess

 

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

 

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

 

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

 

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

 

Complaint

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

 

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

 

FOI Complaint

Information Rights Unit

PO Box 57192

London

SW6 1SF

[email address]

 

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

 

The Information Commissioner

 

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

 

 

NOTICE - This email and any attachments are solely for the intended
recipient and may be confidential.  If you have received this email in
error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system.  Do not
use, copy or disclose the information contained in this email or in any
attachment without the permission of the sender.  Metropolitan Police
Service (MPS) communication systems are monitored to the extent permitted
by law and any email and/or attachments may be read by monitoring staff. 
Only specified personnel are authorised to conclude binding agreements on
behalf of the MPS by email and no responsibility is accepted for
unauthorised agreements reached with other personnel.  While reasonable
precautions have been taken to ensure no viruses are present in this
email, its security and that of any attachments cannot be guaranteed.