Vera Baird blocking Victim/s of serious crime from her Twitter page. Why ? asks Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

Martin McGartland is the victim of an attempted murder that happened in your, Northumbria Police force area. A very serious crime in which he was shot at least 6 times.

Vera Baird,PCC (Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria) has blocked Martin McGartland from her Twitter page, which states;

"You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user.", the user being; "Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC, (Also tweets on @northumbria pcc as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria) Writer,Lecturer &Co-Director of Astraea:Gender Justice Newcastle-Upon-Tyne · verabaird.org.uk"

Under FOIA 2000 I would like all recorded information concerning following;

1. How many victims of crime has Vera Baird 'blocked' from her Twitter account?

2. How many other people has Vera Baird blocked for her Twitter page?

3. Regards 1 & 2 above, please supply reason/s for blocking those individuals?

4. What was Vera Baird's reason/s for blocking Martin McGartland, i.e. was it as a result of her own embarrassment and his allegations of serious Corruption by Sue 'Sin' Sim and Northumbria Police in his case/s. Was it because Martin McGartland has accused Vera Baird (in public) of turning a blind-eye and or looking both ways concerning such serious Corruption in the attempted murder case or was there some other reason/s?

By law you are required to deal with FOIA request/s with 20b working days.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Highlighting and exposing serious Corruption at Northumbria Police in the Martin McGartland attempted murder case.

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Northumbria Police Lies, Corruption and Dirty Tricks in the Martin McGartland case. All on the orders of Bent HMG Minister/s and also MI5, Security Services;

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Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 371314

 

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 for records held by this office.

 

Your request dated 13 January 2014 was received by this department on 13
January 2014.

 

A final decision on your request would normally be sent to you within 20
working days of receipt of your request. This means that you can expect to
receive your decision by 7 February 2014.

 

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matter. This review is a full and new examination of the matter, and is
carried out by a more senior member of staff of this office.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Richard

 

 

Richard Hall

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

Victory House

Balliol Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE12 8EW

 

T: (0191) 221 9813

E: [1][email address]  

W:  [2]www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 

 

Follow us on: [3]Twitter@northumbriapcc

Like us at: [4]facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 

 

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References

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1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/
3. https://twitter.com/NorthumbriaPCC
4. https://www.facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC
5. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition...

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your correspondence
to this office on the 13 January 2014 received in to this office on the 13
January 2014.

 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of
access to information held by a Public Authority, subject to certain
limitations and exemptions.

 

You asked:

Under FOIA 2000 I would like all recorded information concerning
following;

 

1.  How many victims of crime has Vera Baird 'blocked' from her Twitter
account (Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC)?

 

2.  How many other people has Vera Baird blocked for her Twitter page?

 

3.  Regards 1 & 2 above, please supply reason/s for blocking those
individuals?

 

4.  What was Vera Baird's reason/s for blocking Martin McGartland, i.e.
was it as a result of her own embarrassment and his allegations of serious
Corruption by Sue 'Sin' Sim and Northumbria Police in his case/s. Was it
because Martin McGartland has accused Vera Baird (in public) of turning a
blind-eye and or looking both ways concerning such serious Corruption in
the attempted murder case or was there some other reason/s?

 

In response

In response to your long and multi-part note, submitted under the Freedom
of Information Act system, I can respond that we are not proposing to
answer this under the terms of the FOI Act, as it is not a 'request for
information' held, as such. The Freedom of Information Act entitles a
requester to seek information held by the public authority. The
information requested is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria, as it relates to Mrs Baird’s personal
Twitter account.

Specifically in response to your requests:

 

1.    The Twitter account Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC is a personal twitter
account and as such does not come under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

2.    The Twitter account Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC is a personal twitter
account and as such does not come under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

3.    The Twitter account Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC is a personal twitter
account and as such does not come under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

4.    The Twitter account Vera Baird @VeraBaird QC is a personal twitter
account and as such does not come under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

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reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Richard Hall

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

Victory House

Balliol Business Park

Benton Lane

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear

NE12 8EW

 

T: (0191) 221 9813

E: [1][email address]  

W:  [2]www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 

 

Follow us on: [3]Twitter@northumbriapcc

Like us at: [4]facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 

  Half of the money recovered [6]cid:_2_056E3900056E35180058141C80257BEA
from criminals and seized by
Northumbria police gets taken
by the Treasury. We want ALL
the money recovered to be
invested back into our
communities.
[5]Follow this link to sign
the petition.

 

 

References

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1. mailto:[email address]
2. http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/
3. https://twitter.com/NorthumbriaPCC
4. https://www.facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC
5. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition...

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Richard Hall,

I hear what you say, however, this can not be the case given Vera Baird is very clearly using those pages for her PCC business. Moreover, the PCC website (which is publicly funded); http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/
includes links on the top right of the page to PCC facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC?f... Twitter page; https://twitter.com/northumbriapcc

If Vera Baird is to be believed, that they are her personal pages, then that raises questions of a potential abuse of public office by Vera Baird in that she is using and abusing her publicly funded office, website to promote herself and or her personal Twitter, facebook pages in such away.

I am once again requesting that my request is dealt with within the law and that the above matters are properly investigated and dealt with. I am not, at this stage, requesting an Internal Review.

I await your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,
Thank you for your email seeking clarification.

The request you made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, relates to the personal account of Mrs Baird which as a link from her own website www.verabaird.com with a link to the Twitter account @verabaird . Your request relates to being blocked from that account. It is a personal account and it is separate from the links you have provided below which relates to Mrs Baird's role as Police and Crime Commissioner @NorthumbriaPCC with a link from the www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

I hope this clears up the matter.

Regards
Richard

Richard Hall
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Victory House
Balliol Business Park
Benton Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE12 8EW

T: (0191) 221 9813
E: [email address]  
W:  www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 
 
Follow us on: Twitter@northumbriapcc
Like us at: facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 
Half of the money recovered from criminals and seized by Northumbria police gets taken by the Treasury. We want ALL the money recovered to be invested back into our communities.

Follow this link to sign the petition.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Richard,

You said at the end of your message that; "I hope this clears up the matter." It does not at all, far from it.

You will also be aware that I amended my request as a result of your first reply in which Vera Baird had claimed that those pages were personal. I would also like the following added to my FOI request and would ask that you dealt with it to.

I must point out that I, as the victim of a crime, attempted murder, have either been blocked by Vera Baird or prevented from leaving posts, comments by her on most (if not all of her pages), both her 'personal' (according to Vera) and also PCC pages. There is a link on the PCC website to this Facebook page (; https://www.facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC?f... (she has wrote,
(Public Figure) "This is the official Facebook page of Vera Baird QC, who is the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria." She has blocked me from commenting and or posting on that page.

She also has a link on the PCC website to the following Twitter page; https://twitter.com/northumbriapcc which she had blocked me from, I say had because Vera Baird (or someone acting on her behalf) has since removed the block very recently, certainly within the past 24 hours or so, and done so after I had made my above request.

As above, I amended my request after I was informed that those accounts were 'personal'. I also did so because it would appear that Vera Baird is promoting herself and also her 'personal' Twitter and facebook pages on a publicly funded website.

Please deal correctly with my entire request, as well as following, and also supply me with a proper reply as your office is obliged to do under FOIA 2000. That request must be dealt within 20 working days from the date you first received the request.

Under FOIA, I would like you to deal with following;

1. Please clarify if you, your office are claiming that both of the above links to facebook and twitter accounts are Vera Baird's 'personal' accounts.

2. Please explain why Vera Baird has included links, as above) on the publically funded PCC website to her 'personal' Twitter and Facebook page/s and why she is promoting herself and her personal Twitter, Facebook pages on the PCC website.

3. Regards 1 above. Will Vera Baird now be removing her personal Twitter, Facebook page links from the Northumbria PCC, publicly funded website. If not, please explain why not. This surely must be an abuse of her office.

4. Please explain why Vera Baird blocked me, a victim of a crime, attempted murder, from her PCC Twitter page, this one; https://twitter.com/northumbriapcc and why she (other person/s on her behalf) unblocked me after I complained and or made the this FOI request?

5. Please confirm that the following link is for the official PPC website and that it is funded by taxpayer and not Vera Baird personally; http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/

I do hope that you will deal with this entire FOI request. I can also confirm that I will also be making a complaint at a later date to the ICO concerning this matter. I will be doing so on the grounds that the request was not dealt with correctly at beginning. I also believe that your office have deliberately included misleading information within it reply.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Freedom of Information Request Our reference 371314

I'm sorry you have felt the need to reply further and have claimed you amended your request. This is not at all clear from your first response. Your FOI request (our ref: 371314) was for the personal account of Mrs Baird and as such your request has been answered appropriately and quickly to assist you.

You should note when phrasing requests, that the Freedom of Information Act 2000, entitles a requester to seek information held by the public authority in a recordable format.
recorded format.

If you wish your further request, set out below, to be logged as a further request then I will log this when I receive confirmation from you, that this is what you wish me to do.

Under FOIA, I would like you to deal with following:

1. Please clarify if you, your office are claiming that both of the above links to facebook and twitter accounts are Vera Baird's 'personal' accounts.

2. Please explain why Vera Baird has included links, as above) on the publically funded PCC website to her 'personal' Twitter and Facebook page/s and why she is promoting herself and her personal Twitter, Facebook pages on the PCC website.

3. Regards 1 above. Will Vera Baird now be removing her personal Twitter, Facebook page links from the Northumbria PCC, publicly funded website. If not, please explain why not. This surely must be an abuse of her office.

4. Please explain why Vera Baird blocked me, a victim of a crime, attempted murder, from her PCC Twitter page, this one; https://twitter.com/northumbriapcc and why she (other person/s on her behalf) unblocked me after I complained and or made the this FOI request?

5. Please confirm that the following link is for the official PPC website and that it is funded by taxpayer and not Vera Baird personally; http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/

Regards

Richard

Richard Hall
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Victory House
Balliol Business Park
Benton Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE12 8EW

E: [email address]  
W:  www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk 
 
Follow us on: Twitter@northumbriapcc
Like us at: facebook.com/Vera.Baird.QC

 
Half of the money recovered from criminals and seized by Northumbria police gets taken by the Treasury. We want ALL the money recovered to be invested back into our communities.

Follow this link to sign the petition.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir