Vera Baird - Police Corruption Northumbria Police - Martin McGartland attempted murder case (Cover-up)

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

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

Under the FOIA I am requesting all recorded information held by Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner concerning following;

1. All/any contact Vera Baird, her office and/or staff has had (including any verbal discussions) with Sue Sim and or Northumbria Police or any of its officers, staff concerning serious police corruption by Northumbria police relating to my (Martin McGartland) attempted murder case.

2. All/any contact Vera Baird, her office and/or staff has had (including any verbal discussions) with Home Office and or its staff of agents concerning my case (Martin McGartland) an/or serious police corruption by Northumbria police relating to my attempted murder case.

3. Vera Baird, stated on facebook that she would look at my case if she was elected; https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=... has she done so? If not, why not?

I have attached a link to a petition (for Vera Baird's information); http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ve...

Which reads as follows;

That Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner PCC, Vera Baird QC, order an immediate full, thorough and independent review of the Northumbria police’s investigation of the attempted murder of Martin McGartland.

This review should;

a) Fully address continuing serious allegations of corruption, wrongdoing, incompetence and cover-up in Northumbria Police’s handling of the case

b) Establish whether any evidential opportunities were missed and or if new evidential opportunities could now be pursued

c) Establish whether there has been political interference and or pressure brought to bear on Northumbria Police by either HMG and/or the Security Service (MI5)

d) Establish whether Northumbria Police have wilfully covered-up IRA involvement in the attempted murder of Martin McGartland and whether Northumbria Police are continuing to protect the terrorist involved.

I am hereby calling on Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner PCC to order an immediate full, thorough and independent review of the Northumbria police’s investigation of the attempted murder of Martin McGartland

Further information concerning serious corruption can be found here;

http://www.scribd.com/martymcgartland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11yk7p3Kp...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjqphnDxl...

http://www.youtube.com/user/dufferpad

I also have a great deal of other evidence to prove serious corruption by Northumbria Police when dealing with me, my cases.

I am willing to meet with Ms Baird concerning my case, however, I will not meet nor will I deal with any of her staff that have been former Northumbria Police Officers.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Thank you for your email to Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, which has been safely received.

Ms Baird will respond to your email as soon as possible within the context of the significant number of emails, letters and telephone calls received.

If you have not already done so, please include your full address, postcode and telephone number.

If your email is in connection with ongoing policing issues within Northumbria Police, you should re-direct your email to Northumbria Police.

With Best Wishes,

Vera Baird QC

Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement

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 1 September 2013 was received by this department on 2 September 2013. The officer handling your request is Richard Hall. I may be contacted by email at: [email address] should you have any questions or concerns about your request.

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 27 September 2013.

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act, which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will promptly advise you in writing.

Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to call the contact officer named above to discuss any problems that may have arisen.

If you have not heard from us once the allotted time has expired, you are automatically entitled to appeal to this department for a review of the 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.

In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by writing to Richard Hall of this department at the details given below. You should state that you are appealing because an initial decision was not sent to you within the time permitted. In that event, you would normally have 40 days (after the original decision should have been sent to you) in which time to make the appeal.

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

E: [email address]
W: www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Mr Hall,

Thank you for your reply of today and for confirming that you will be dealing with this request. Given the content of my request I am requesting that you forward Ms Baird a copy of my above request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Gadawodd Jeff Hayward anodiad ()

What Hypocrisy by Vera Baird QC, PPC - Corruption is corruption - this is what Ms Baird wrote on subject of police corruption just a month before she was elected as Northumbria Police PCC;

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/vera-bai...

Why then is Vera Baird turning a blind-eye to very serious corruption at Northumbria Police in the Martin McGartland case?

This is Vera's views/position concerning police corruption,written in her own words,

Learning lessons from Hillsborough and Orgreave,Posted: 22/10/2012 15:12

Most of us are pleased to see police on the beat; we don't flinch when we come into contact with them, as people do in many other countries. But our high regard makes it essential that police mistakes and worse are urgently corrected so that healthy links can be maintained with those who guard us, sometimes at huge personal cost, as we so sadly saw with the recent brutal murder of two police officers in Manchester.

I know that most police officers understand the need for public consent and support and that this requires them to have exacting standards. Most police officers behave blamelessly in their duties.

But we do them and society no favours if we flinch from honestly assessing controversial events. The other side of the police has been exposed by the shocking revelations about Hillsborough, both in failing to prevent a disaster waiting to happen and later dishonestly concealing the truth.

However, convictions for police misconduct are rare. Allegations are usually about dishonesty in investigating crime and rarely go far, even after strong criticism from the appeal court in freeing a fitted-up defendant. Perhaps acquitting the defendant looks like justice enough or juries may shrink from finding that a whole investigation is bent. It is a scary prospect. If we have to convict the police, wholesale, of crime, on whom shall we rely?

Hillsborough is about seven miles from Orgreave where striking miners met the South Yorkshire police on a mass picket in 1984, leading to a famous riot trial at Sheffield Crown Court when about the same number of men who died at Hillsborough were on that occasion saved from the consequences of what the police did.
Just as at Hillsborough, Orgreave had a "black propaganda" group of senior officers. At Hillsborough they censored comments and facts adverse to themselves but included comments critical of the fans.

At Orgreave, detectives concocted a scene of disorder so that constables could portray those arrested as engaging in a riot, an offence that, at that time commanded a life sentence.

A typical case was that of my client Mr M. After booking him into custody his two arresting officers took dictation from detectives about events that they hadn't actually seen.

For example, somebody stupidly stretched a rope across the road at 8.15am to snare a mounted policeman but it was rightly removed five minutes later. The two officers swore on oath in court that they had seen that although neither of them (nor Mr M) had arrived at Orgreave by that time. We repeatedly exposed similar lies until the case was dropped given the hopeless prospects for convictions on such false evidence. Yet there was no inquiry into Orgreave and no officer was prosecuted.

The loss of so many loved ones at Hillsborough is in a different league but the deceit at Orgreave would have banged up innocent men for many years. What is strikingly similar, apart from the corrupt tactics is that both were wrongs done to groups of men that officers thought they could discredit with impunity: "the enemy within" as Thatcher called the miners, and the stereotype of the drunken football fan respectively.

These events were over 20 years ago but there is a continuing dilemma about training police to work in effective teams and under command structures. That will require the development of loyalty, discipline and esprit de corps but can also produce a band of insiders with a vested interest in protecting their institution. They can tell themselves how bad for public confidence it would be if their force suffered a blow to its reputation, however right the blow.

The Tories also want to break police solidarity and morale by cutting pay and pensions so that experienced officers retire early to be replaced by Tesco-trained Superintendents and many of those who are left are deskilled and privatised. Low-paid and cheaply-trained officers on short-term contracts and payment by results will hardly bring an uplift in ethical standards or an enhanced commitment to serving the public.

Public services must remain public and free of obligation to shareholders if we are to see better commitment to the public. Perhaps as they come under increasing pressure both from the recent scandals and the Tory Government the police will finally realize how much they need public support not only to keep the peace but to maintain themselves as an institution and how less likely that support becomes when they cover up errors and blame victims.

Meanwhile, Police and Crime Commissioners, at least those who are not part of the police brotherhood themselves, will present a new possibility for the task of keeping the police efficient and close to those they serve. The task of sustaining policing with consent is best served by a good turnout at the elections in November. Commissioners could lead the way in pioneering better public involvement in policing, improving checks and balances and enhancing scrutiny.

Above all, we need to work together to encourage the police to succeed with the public rather than against them on their own. We owe it to those who lost their lives at Hillsborough and in Manchester to keep the best of our police service, constantly improve it together and root out bad practice.

Vera Baird is Labour's candidate for Northumbria Police Commissioner

Gadawodd Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Regards Vera Baird - Police Corruption Northumbria Police - Martin McGartland attempted murder case (Cover-up).

This is proof of the very SPECIAL Relationship between Vera Baird and Sue 'Sin' Sim (The Sleeping Police Officer) and Northumbria Police when in concerns the Martin McGartland attempted murder case. Vera has a Brass Neck, she is now claiming that she is not able to investigate serious corruption at Northumbria Police in the Martin McGartland. Total Poppycock. Wise Up, Vera Baird.

I would ask the reader to PLEASE sign my petition, Stop Police Corruption at Northumbria Police - Vera Baird must order a review .... ; Please; http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ve...

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 1 September and received in to this office on the 2
September 2013.

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:

1.  All/any contact Vera Baird, her office and/or staff has had (including
any verbal discussions) with Sue Sim and or Northumbria Police or any of
its officers, staff concerning serious police corruption by Northumbria
police relating to my (Martin McGartland) attempted murder case.

2.  All/any contact Vera Baird, her office and/or staff has had (including
any verbal discussions) with Home Office and or its staff of agents
concerning my case (Martin McGartland) an/or serious police corruption by
Northumbria police relating to my attempted murder case.

 

3. Vera Baird, stated on Facebook that she would look at my case if she
was elected;
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...
has she done so?  If not, why not?

 

In response:

1. No contact or discussions have taken place between the Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird QC, her office and/or staff with
the Chief Constable and/or Northumbria Police relating to the attempted
murder case of Martin McGartland.

2. No contact or discussion have taken place between the Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird QC, her office and/or staff with
the Home Office or its staff relating to the attempted murder case of
Martin McGartland.

3. Mrs Baird has read all the information sent to her social media
accounts and having reviewed the information provided to understand what
this case was about, is clear that this does not fall within the remit of
the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and relates to the handling of
the case by Northumbria Police.

 

Complaints concerning the conduct of officers and staff of Northumbria
Police are the responsibility of the Chief Constable and therefore the
police complaints procedure should be followed with the facility to appeal
any decision to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of the Police & Crime Commissioner. Your use of the
information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and
Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In
particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial
purpose.

 

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us.

 

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
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

 

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.

 

 

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5. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition...

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Mr Hall,

Thank you for the reply.

You included following in your reply;

3. "Mrs Baird has read all the information sent to her social media accounts and having reviewed the information provided to understand what this case was about, is clear that this does not fall within the remit of the role of Police and Crime Commissioner and relates to the handling of the case by Northumbria Police." My case concerns very serious Corruption within Northumbria Police HQ. I find it very concerning that Vera Baird is claiming that she (as Northumbria Police PCC) is not able to look into and/or investigate Corruption within Northumbria Police.

I believe that Vera Baird is at the very least turning a blind-eye when if concerns my case. The question is, Why is she doing so?

Given above, please could you supply further information and clarification regards;

a, Is Vera Baird, as PCC, saying that she can not look into and/or investigate corruption within Northumbria Police?

b, Regards a above, it it the case that Vera Baird is saying that she will not look at and/or investigate corruption by Northumbria Police when it concerns my (Martin McGartland) case?

c, I find it totally unbelievable that Vera Baird appears to be suggesting that she (as part of her remit ) is not able to look at and/or investigate corruption within Northumbria Police? Is this the case? If so, please supply me with an explanation as well as all recorded information she, her office holds concerning following;

(i) What powers does Vera Baird have as PCC when it concerns allegations of corruption within Northumbria Police.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Thank you for your email dated 24 September. As your submission to this department mixes accusations with requests for information, I must ask you to clarify your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As a Freedom of Information request is for recorded information only, can you please confirm that you wish to request the following -

a, Can Vera Baird look into and/or investigate corruption within Northumbria Police?

b, Will Vera Baird look at and/or investigate corruption by Northumbria Police when it concerns my (Martin McGartland) case?
It may be worth noting at this stage that information regarding specific cases, people and investigations (if held) is likely to attract exemptions under the Act. You may therefore wish to consider refining this part of your request accordingly to avoid the application of such exemptions.

c, What powers does Vera Baird have as PCC when it concerns allegations of corruption within Northumbria Police.

Upon receipt of suitable confirmation from you, your request will be acknowledged and processed.

Separately should you wish to make a complaint about the Police & Crime Commissioner further information is available via the Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner website, I have attached a link below to further assist you - http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/node/413

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

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

 

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Hi Mr Hall,

In your latest reply you wrote; "Thank you for your email dated 24 September. As your submission to this department mixes accusations with requests for information, I must ask you to clarify your request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As a Freedom of Information request is for recorded information only, can you please confirm that you wish to request." My request was for 'Recorded information' which I have re-worded as follows;

a, Please supply all recorded information you hold concerning what powers Vera Baird, as PCC, and or her office have when in concerns the investigating allegations of corruption within Northumbria Police?

b, Regards a above, as PCC does Vera Baird have the power to look at and/or investigate serious corruption by Northumbria Police concerning my (Martin McGartland) case? i.e. Corruption is corruption, it must all be investigated.

I note what you say regards; "It may be worth noting at this stage that information regarding specific cases, people and investigations (if held) is likely to attract exemptions under the Act. You may therefore wish to consider refining this part of your request accordingly to avoid the application of such exemptions." I expect Vera Baird and her office to use and abuse the FOIA exemptions to save her office from embarrassment and/or to continue fob me off and to conceal recorded information that I and the public have a legal right to see, obtain. Thew public will see same for what it is. Sue Sim, Northumbria Police have been doing just that for thew past 5 years now. That's what corrupt individuals do when they have something to conceal.

I note that Vera Baird has been very vocal in the past when it has concerned Police Corruption; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/vera-bai... How can Vera Baird square that when it concerns allegations of serious corruption within her force? It's seems to me that Vera Baird is hypocritical on corruption given, as with my case, she appears to be turning a blind-eye to corruption when it concerns my case and when Northumbria Police are involved in the corruption. At the same time Ms Baird is writing in newspapers about corruption, corrupt cops. That in itself is telling, Ms Baird has claimed that she has not spoken to Sue Sim or Northumbria Police about corruption in my case. I am bound to ask why she has not done so?

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

I will be out of the office from the afternoon of the 26th September until
the afternoon of the 3rd October. I will respond to any requests when I
return.

 

If it is urgent or in connection with a Freedom of Information request,
please contact Ruth Scott on [email address]

Regards

Richard

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

Please confirm that your dealing with this request.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Thank you for your email to Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, which has been safely received.

Ms Baird will respond to your email as soon as possible within the context of the significant number of emails, letters and telephone calls received.

If you have not already done so, please include your full address, postcode and telephone number.

If your email is in connection with ongoing policing issues within Northumbria Police, you should re-direct your email to Northumbria Police.

With Best Wishes,

Vera Baird QC

Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

I refer to the email sent on the 15th October requesting confirmation that your request was being dealt with. I can confirm your request is registered and is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records which may be held by this office.

Your request for information dated 24 September 2013, received in to this office on the 25th September and your subsequent clarification of the request by this office received on the 30th September. The officer handling your request is Richard Hall. I may be contacted by email at: [email address] should you have any questions or concerns about your request.

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 28 October 2013.

There are some limited situations under the Freedom of Information Act, which could mean that the period for a final decision may be longer than the normal 20 working days. If this occurs in your request, we will promptly advise you in writing.

Should our final decision not reach you on time, please feel free to call the contact officer named above to discuss any problems that may have arisen.

If you have not heard from us once the allotted time has expired, you are automatically entitled to appeal to this department for a review of the 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.

In the event that you need to make such an appeal, you can do so by writing to Richard Hall of this department at the details given below. You should state that you are appealing because an initial decision was not sent to you within the time permitted. In that event, you would normally have 40 days (after the original decision should have been sent to you) in which time to make the appeal.

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.

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

1 Atodiad

Apologies for that. The out of office text here on my terminal, is showing
that Ruth Scott at [email address] was actually
provided.

 

Just for future reference for me and clarification, are saying that Ruth’s
email address wasn't given and the message you received below with [email
address] and that was all that came up?

Regards

Rich

 

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.

 

 

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5. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition...

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Richard Hall,

Are the above emails meant to confuse?

Please confirm that you are dealing with this request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Mr McGartland,
I have answered both your emails yesterday. There is no certainly confusion intended.

Yes we are dealing with your request now you have clarified and secondly you emailed about confusion over Ruth's email on my out of office. I have informed you the out of office I left included her email, so you have caused some bewilderment here by your email and I am seeking clarification from you as to whether my out of office did not show her email and did not show up on your computer. Ruth's email, in my absence is:
[email address]

I will respond to your FOI request by the due date.

Richard Hall

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Richard Hall, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

1 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 24 September and received in to this office on the 25 September 2013.

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:
a, Please supply all recorded information you hold concerning what powers Vera Baird, as PCC, and or her office have when in concerns the investigating allegations of corruption within Northumbria Police?

b, Regards a above, as PCC does Vera Baird have the power to look at and/or investigate serious corruption by Northumbria Police concerning my (Martin McGartland) case? i.e. Corruption is corruption, it must all be investigated.


In response
A. As the information you have requested in this part of your request is accessible by other means I have not provided you with a copy of the information and will rely on Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You should therefore consider this a refusal for your request.

I have provided an explanation to this exemption below.

Section 21 (1) - Information accessible by other means

Information which is reasonably accessible to the applicant is exempt information.

This information is published on the internet in the following documents

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (2011) (PRSRA) and the Police Act (1996) are available freely on the internet. In the spirit of the Act I have attached links to relevant sites that hold this information -


http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2011...

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996...

Further information on this subject can be found via the following link -

http://www.apccs.police.uk/fileUploads/G...

The Police and Crime Commissioner has no authority or staff to investigate complaints about the police, only the police themselves or the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have that authority. Accordingly any complaints received will be forwarded to Northumbria Police for action.

Information on How to complain is available on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website at the attached link:

http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/node/413

B. As per the response provided in part A, Police and Crime Commissioners do not have the power to investigate such allegations against police officers, as only the police themselves or the IPCC have the authority to do that. If there is evidence of corruption then this should be referred to the IPCC.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of the Police & Crime Commissioner. Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and 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.

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

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Richard Hall,

Vera Baird is very well aware of the full background of my case and I do not accept that this is a matter that she could not investigate. It is more of a case that Vera Baird does not want to investigate. I wounder why? As far as I am concerned Vera Baird is turning a blind eye to corruption in my (Martin McGartland) case.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland