Information on protests

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai West Mercia Police fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Ben van der Merwe

Dear West Mercia Police,

I would be grateful if you are able to provide me the following data under the Freedom of Information Act:

For March 2020 onwards, information on every planned protest or march ('protest') in your area that police have been formally made aware of, including:

1. Whether the protest was authorised by the police,
2. The purpose or affiliation of the protest,
3. The date and location of the protest,
4. Whether the protest took place,
5. If the protest took place:
a). The number of arrests made at the protest,
b). The number of cautions made at the protest,
c). Whether any fine was issued to the organisers.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, it would be great if you could provide advice and assistance, under Section 16, as to how I can better word the request.

Yours faithfully,

Ben van der Merwe

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Merwe

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 
69962                                                      

 

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
on 6^th April 2021.  Your request will now be considered in accordance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”).

 

We will aim to provide a response to your request within 20 working days
as stipulated by the Act.  Please note that there may be unavoidable
delays when making information rights requests during the COVID-19
pandemic.  We are triaging and addressing requests in the following
order:  Subject access and then FOI requests.   Every effort will be made
to meet our statutory timescales for responding.  Thank you for your
understanding.

 

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request.  If this is the case you will be informed and
the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment
from you.  If you chose not to make payment then your request will be
withdrawn.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way.  Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number
above.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sue Cale
Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit  | West
Mercia Police

Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Direct Dial: 01905 331545 Ext: 7772545

Team email: [1][email address]

 

 

 

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Ben van der Merwe

Dear Information Compliance,

This request should have received a full response by the 5th May, meaning it is now more than three weeks late. Could you please clarify when you expect to be able to provide me with the requested information?

Yours sincerely,

Ben van der Merwe

Information Compliance, West Mercia Police

Dear Mr Merwe

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 69962

With reference to your request for information which was received on 6th April 2021.

I apologise for the delay in responding to your FOI request and for any inconvenience caused. Every effort is being made to process requests within statutory deadlines but due to current circumstances delays have on occasion been unavoidable. We will provide you with a response to your request as soon as is practicable.

Please advise us if you no longer require this information.

Your complaint rights are outlined below should you be unsatisfied.

If you have any further queries concerning this matter, please contact the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number above.

Kind regards,

Sue Cale

Information Compliance Assistant | Information Compliance Unit | West Mercia Police
Hindlip Hall Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester, WR3 8SP
Direct Dial: Working from Home Ext. Working from Home
Team email: [email address]

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

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Information Compliance Unit
West Mercia Police Headquarters
PO Box 55
Hindlip Hall
Hindlip
Worcester
WR3 8SP

Alternatively, you can email [West Mercia Police request email]

In all possible circumstances, WMP will aim to respond to your complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

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For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner please visit their website. Alternatively, you can contact the ICO in writing or via phone:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545745 (national rate)
Fax: 01625 524 510

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