Winton Keenen New Chief Constable: ... Was previous complaints, allegations of corruption made against Winton Keenen (Martin McGartland cases) disclosed ...?

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)

Martin McGartland

14 March 2018

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

This request is made under the FOIA and for the following information;

1. Was details concerning previous complaints and also allegations of corruption made against Winton Keenen (Martin McGartland cases - which NP PSD refused to record or investigate) disclosed to the panel? Either (a) in writing (b) verbally?

2. Regards part 1, was (will) the existence of the previous complaints and also allegations of corruption against Winton Keenen (Martin McGartland cases) disclosed to the Police and Crime Scrutiny Panel (PCP) at the confirmation hearing ((either in writing and or verbally)?

3. Regards part 1. If yes, were any enquiries made by the panel/s (and or any other person/s) with NP PSD, the IOPC/IPCC?

4. Where, in which what publication/s, was the post of Chief Constable advertised following the departure of Steve Ashman?

5. Regards part 1, I would like copy of the advertisement/s.

6. What were the costs of the advertising?

7. How many applications were received?

8. Of those applicants how many were shortlisted?

9. What are the names of each person on the interviewing panel?

10. Was the decision of the panel to appoint Winton Keenen as chief constable unanimous?

There is a significant public interest in the requested information and as a result I would expect you to be open and transparent while dealing with this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

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See my FOI request for information relating to complaints made against Winton Keenen:
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Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 82018.

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

Your request was received by this department on 14 March 2018.

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 13 April 2018.

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 contact the officer named 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 Kevin Payne 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.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Mr McGartland,

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

Thank you for your e mail dated 14th March 2018, in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria .

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 (including the Police Crime Commissioner), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

This request is made under the FOIA and for the following information;

1. Was details concerning previous complaints and also allegations of corruption made against Winton Keenen (Martin McGartland cases - which NP PSD refused to record or investigate) disclosed to the panel? Either (a) in writing (b) verbally?

No information held.

2. Regards part 1, was (will) the existence of the previous complaints and also allegations of corruption against Winton Keenen (Martin McGartland cases) disclosed to the Police and Crime Scrutiny Panel (PCP) at the confirmation hearing ((either in writing and or verbally)?

No information held.

3. Regards part 1. If yes, were any enquiries made by the panel/s (and or any other person/s) with NP PSD, the IOPC/IPCC?

No information held.

4. Where, in which what publication/s, was the post of Chief Constable advertised following the departure of Steve Ashman?

Information available online at - http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

5. Regards part 1, I would like copy of the advertisement/s.

No information held, process undertaken by Northumbria Police HR Department.

6. What were the costs of the advertising?

As above, see response to Q5.

7. How many applications were received?

As above, see response to Q4.

8. Of those applicants how many were shortlisted?

As above, see response to Q4.

9. What are the names of each person on the interviewing panel?

As above, see response to Q4.

10. Was the decision of the panel to appoint Winton Keenen as chief constable unanimous?

As above, see response to Q4.

There is a significant public interest in the requested information and as a result I would expect you to be open and transparent while dealing with this matter.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena.

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the public interest.

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria 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 under our complaints procedure which is attached.

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.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

10 April 2018

Dear Enquiries,

I am not requesting an internal review at this stage.

In your reply you included a link to a page which includes the following information;

"Following the retirement of Chief Constable Steve Ashman on 6th November 2017 I implemented a comprehensive recruitment process to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria.

The process used for the appointment of the new Chief Constable was in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the College of Policing guidance for the Appointment of Chief Officers published in 2012. This process ensured that there was transparency, openness and accountability. To ensure this I included an independent member on the appointments panel and also included stakeholders from local authorities, businesses and community organisations in the appointment process.

Following extensive advertising of the role nationally through various means which included a personal letter and candidate brochure being sent to all current Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables, one application for the position was received from Mr Winton Keenen who was the Temporary Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

An extensive appointment process was undertaken to test candidate’s ability with each stage of the process explained below:

Formal Online Application
Potential candidates had to complete a formal application form as for any job, which included past experience and specific questions relating to the role and the challenges faced by Northumbria Police.

Application Shortlisting
As only one application for the role was received who met the criteria, this application went forward.

Stakeholder Engagement Process
The role of Chief Constable is an important role, which has a wider impact beyond the direct delivery of policing services. Given the Chief Constable is an important public figure and whose role has impact beyond the direct delivery of police services, the selection process was designed to provide an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to meet the shortlisted candidate and provide a valuable input to assist in selecting the preferred candidate. The event allowed the panel to interact with the candidate and assess their understanding of the issues and questions posed. Each group summarised their views and feedback at the end of their session.

Leaders of local authorities, Fire and Rescue and CPS across Northumbria area, community and voluntary sector leads were approached and asked to nominate suitable representation to participate in a stakeholder event. There was an encouraging response in the region of twenty representatives nominated providing a wide and diverse representation.

Two stakeholder groups were formed, representing the public sector, and Community and Voluntary communities.

The stakeholder event took place on Monday 5th March 2018 followed by the panel interview. The groups interviewed the shortlisted candidate for up to 45 minutes, questioning him on police and community safety issues of relevance and importance to them as stakeholders. It was evident throughout the event that the groups had embraced this opportunity and all stakeholders actively participated in the sessions.

Following the stakeholder panel’s feedback and observations on the candidate’s performance this was then provided to the Police and Crime Commissioner for consideration.

Formal Interview and Presentation
Following the Stakeholder engagement process Mr Keenan was invited to attend a formal interview and presentation to the Police and Crime Commissioner and interview panel made up of Dee Collins, Chief Constable West Yorkshire Police, Mr Nick Hall, Regional Chief Executive, Cumbria & Lancs, South Yorkshire and Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (Independent Member of the panel) and Mr Mike Tait, Director of Finance and ICT for Northumbria Police. HR advice for the panel was provided by Lesley Anne Knowles, Head of HR for Northumbria Police.

The presentation and interview was structured around a 30 minute presentation and 6 pre-agreed questions. The candidate was given the presentation topic upon arrival and allowed one hour to prepare. A detailed selection exercise was carried out and lasted approximately one and half hours.

Throughout the formal interview each panel member was free to challenge and test the candidate. All panel members kept notes and at the end of the interview the panel drew upon these notes to assist in assessing the performance of the candidate and agreed a score against each question / presentation.

Panel Assessment
The Panel used the following criteria to assess Mr Keenen at each stage of the process:

The selection criterion used to assess the suitability of candidates for the role of Chief Constable is summarised below:

Intelligent, creative and informed policing
Resolute, compassionate and committed
Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership
Working relationship with PCC
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
The candidate was scored at the end of the formal interview on a scale of 0 (no evidence) through to 4 (very strong) against each of the structured questions and presentation. The interview panel agreed a minimum expected score before the interviews commenced.

Mr Winton Keenen scored highly during this process and it was the consensus of the interview panel that he was the suitable candidate for the position.

He demonstrated through his application form, engagement with key stakeholders and throughout his formal interview that he has the requisite depth of operational experience coupled with the desired leadership qualities, skills and ability to lead Northumbria Police in the future.

Police and Crime Panel Confirmation Hearing
Following the recruitment process as discussed above, the Commissioner proposed the appointment of Mr Winton Keenen as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police to the Police and Crime Panel on 26th March 2018.

At this meeting the Police and Crime Panel formally agreed the appointment of Mr Winton Keenen as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police. You can read a copy of the Police and Crime Panel Appointment report by clicking on the following link Report and recommendations to the Police and Crime Commissioner on Chief Constable appointment"

The information I requested has not been disclosed. The details, as above, do not answer my request. Also, the above text includes;

"Following the retirement of Chief Constable Steve Ashman on 6th November 2017 I implemented a comprehensive recruitment process to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria." ... "Following extensive advertising of the role nationally through various means which included a personal letter and candidate brochure being sent to all current Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables......"

"I" being Ms Baird? Your reply includes; "No information held, process undertaken by Northumbria Police HR Department."

I would also like to know which part, if any, of the recruitment process - to find the new Chief Constable for Northumbria -was PCC Baird, her office involved with?

Part 7 of my request has not been answered. I asked; How many applications were received? The page you linked me to states; "Application Shortlisting As only one application for the role was received who met the criteria, this application went forward."

As above, part 10 of my request has not been answered, 10. Was the decision of the panel to appoint Winton Keenen as chief constable unanimous?

I would also like you to disclose full details regards the "criteria" that had to be met as part of the recruitment process for new Chief Constable for Northumbria?

Please also disclose copies of the each personal letter and copy of candidate brochure that Ms Baird, her office sent to "all current Chief Constables and Deputy Chief Constables"

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr McGartland,

In response to your further email below, I can respond to your further questions chronologically as follows -

1 - The PCC sat on the interviewing panel and was part of the shortlisting process and collation of the job advert and description.

2 - There was numerous expressions of interest, one formal application was received.

3- The Police and Crime Panel report states the appointment of the Chief Constable was unanimous.

4 - This information is accessible via the website as per the link previously provided.

5 - Copies of correspondence as attached.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

Dear Kevin Payne,

You have stated in your reply that; 2 - "There was numerous expressions of interest, one formal application was received."

Would PCC, OPCC Northumbria clarify what is meant by;

(a) "numerous expressions of interest"

(b) if the "one formal application was received" was the application of Winton Keenen?

I am very concerned that Vera Baird is not being either open or transparent with the public concerning a matter (recruitment of new Chief Constable) by her ignoring (and refusing) to supply information and documents that are in the public interest.

I am once again requesting that Vera Baird answer my FOI request and also supply me with the recorded information that I have been requesting relating to this matter;

In reply to parts 1, 2, 3 of my 14 March 2018 FOI request Vera Baird, OPCC Northumbria replied "No Information held". Those parts of my request have not been answered at all. You will note that those parts of my request include if information, details concerning allegations of corruption made against Winton Keenen were ; "disclosed to the panel? Either (a) in writing (b) verbally"?

It is my understanding that such information should be disclosed.

Did Vera Baird disclose such information, details to the panel?

4. Where, in which publication/s, was the post of Chief Constable advertised following the departure of Steve Ashman? Regards this part of the request I would also like;

- Copies of all advertisement/s

- The costs of the advertisement/s. Please supply copies of all invoices.

I would remind you that Vera Baird, OPCC Northumbria have been claiming; "Following extensive advertising of the role nationally through various means which included a personal letter and candidate brochure being sent to all current Chief Constables and Deputy Constables...."+

In part 8 of my request I asked; Of those applicants how many were shortlisted? Given that Ms Baird has now confirmed, as result of my FOI request, that ;"one formal application was received." Please clarify if any shortlisting process was ever carried out, or required, as above, when there was only one application ? Reading between the lines (as Ms Baird and her OPCC is not being very clear or open) it would appear that it was a case of Winton Keenen - Me, Myself and I, and no other applicant/s - can. It begs the question..... was there any need for panel etc. It was a one horse race?

I would like to add to my FOI request. If you would rather deal with it as a new request I am happy for you to do so. However, such requests made by me in the past have been dealt with at same time.

Under the FIOA I am requesting following information and documents (please supply copies of originals);

001: What is the total cost of the recruitment process for new Chief Constable of Northumbria Police?

002: Please supply a detailed breakdown of all amounts, payments which relate to 001 above.

003: Please supply a details of all, any payments (claimed or paid for whatever reason... including but not limited to expenses, travel, accommodation. mileage, allowances, fees, loss of earnings etc ) which are linked, connected to the recruitment process (for new Chief Constable of Northumbria Police) and to:

a. Dee Collins (Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police)
b. PCC Vera Baird
c. Mr Mick Hall
d. Mr Mike Tait
e. Lesley Anne Knowles
f. Winton Keenen
g. All/any other person/s

004: Please supply full details of the 6 pre-agreed questions.

004. You have disclosed a copy of one letter dated 24 January 2018 which was sent to Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary by Joscelin Lawson. PCC Baird, OPCC Northumbria have stated, as above, that; "... which included a personal letter and candidate brochure being sent to all current Chief Constables and Deputy Constables..." I would also like the following documents (copies of originals) and information;

a. Copies of all letters sent to "current Chief Constables and Deputy Constables";

And, I would like to now;

b. if Ms Joscelin Lawson has - at any state - raised and or recorded any issues concerning possible conflict of interest so far as Winton Keenen is concerned? If so, [please supply full details as well as copies of all recorded information and documents.

005. Please disclose copies of all correspondence (copies of originals) between PCC Baird, OPCC Northumbria and;

a. Dee Collins (Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police)
b. PCC Vera Baird
c. Mr Mick Hall
d. Mr Mike Tait
e. Lesley Anne Knowles
f. Winton Keenen
g. All/any other person/s

This part of the request is for everything, all recorded information, that relates to the recruitment process (for new Chief Constable of Northumbria Police) and also Winton Keenen. It must include all letters, emails, phone, meetings notes (and minutes) etc.

005. Of all of the ""current Chief Constables and Deputy Constables." that PCC Baird - others on her behalf (including Joscelin Lawson) how many many replied?

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Thank you for your email.

I am currently out of office and will have no access to emails.

Please contact the office direct on [Northumbria PCC request email] or
0191 221 9800.

 

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 152018.

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

Your request was received by this department on 24 April 2018. Please accept my apologies for the delay in acknowledging your request due to annual leave.

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 23 May 2018.

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 contact the officer named 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 Kevin Payne 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.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr McGartland,

 

Your request is the latest in a series of requests that appear to lack any
serious purpose or value.

 

The ICO advises that public authorities do not have to comply with
requests if they are deemed to be vexatious.

 

Your request, due to its size and scope would be likely to attract Section
12 of the Act as the extraction of the requested data would be likely to
take over 18 hours. However, in this case, when viewed objectively and
taken in context, your request can fairly be seen as an attempt to further
your campaign against the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner,
Northumbria Police and its senior officers. It can therefore be classed as
vexatious in nature.

 

The Act was designed to give individuals a right of access to official
information with the intention of making public bodies more transparent
and accountable. Your request has been classed as a misuse of this process
and is clearly an attempt to disrupt the day-to-day business of the Office
of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

The recruitment process is subject to audit and should anyone believe that
the proper procedure has not been followed, a suitable complaint should be
made. Despite efforts to provide you information, you have remained
dissatisfied with responses supplied to you.

 

Whilst a requestor cannot normally be classed as vexatious, the history of
a requestor can be a contributing factor when considering whether a
request can fairly be classed as vexatious. This is certainly relevant in
this case.

 

You have submitted numerous requests both to the OPCC and to Northumbria
Police and many of your requests level unfounded accusations at public
authorities and staff. Your requests also appear to be sent in a
“scatter-gun” effort to fish for information to try to obtain some kind of
data to score points against the Office of the Police Commissioner.

 

You are submitting frequent and overlapping requests about similar issues
and any response provided inevitably leads to further requests. Such a
step is seen as a deliberate attempt to cause disruption to staff within
the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner who would have to be
extracted from everyday duties should they have to be committed to
responding to your requests on this subject.

 

Your request has been classed as manifestly unjustified, inappropriate and
an improper use of a formal procedure. It can therefore be classed as
vexatious in accordance with Section 14(1) of the Act and accordingly no
response is required to be supplied.

 

You should therefore accept this as a formal refusal under Section 17 of
the Act.

 

Please note that following this response, requests on this and related
matters will be classed as vexatious and no acknowledgement or response
will be provided.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin

 

Kevin Payne

Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

 

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

18 May 2018

Dear Kevin Payne,

Thank you for your reply.

This is a request for an internal review on the grounds that;

1. This request has serious purpose and or value to the public, the tax payer who funded the recruitment process of new CC of Northumbria Police.

2. Vera Baird / her staff are failing to be open or transparent with the public, taxpayer when it concerns public funds. Has Vera Baird, her staff got something to hide?

3. That the request is not, could not be regarded as vexatious. And the false claims being made against me by Vera Baird and her staff of the request being vexatious are due to their attempts to cover up requested information that the public is entitled to from a public servant.

4. That Vera Baird, her staff are making false and damaging claims about me - when there is no evidence - of "campaign against the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner". And, false claims - total Lies - of a "campaign" by me against "Northumbria Police and its senior officers". Vera Baird, her office are well aware of the serious corruption by NP, some of its senior officers concerning me, my cases. Vera Baird has turned a blind-eye to it since she became PCC. What I am doing is exposing the serious corruption in her force.

5. The request would not take anywhere near 18 hours to answer. This too, I say, is an abuse of FOIA by Vera Baird, her staff to cover up information that has been requested. Information that the public, taxpayer have a right to know.

6. My request could not be regarded as a misuse of this process. Moreover, it can be shown that Vera Baird, her staff are abusing and misusing FOIA by failing to dealt with information requests and by relying on exemptions that do not apply.

Vera Baird, her staff are claiming that; "... the recruitment process is subject to audit and should anyone believe that the proper procedure has not been followed, a suitable complaint should be
made." There is no evidence at all, even after information requests have been made, that recruitment process was properly followed. Vera Baird, her staff are refusing to disclose information relating to it.

The claim; "Despite efforts to provide you information, you have remained dissatisfied with responses supplied to you." is also false. Very little or no information that I requested has been disclosed.

Regards; "Whilst a requestor cannot normally be classed as vexatious, the history of
a requestor can be a contributing factor when considering whether a request can fairly be classed as vexatious. This is certainly relevant in this case." You would say that. People who have something to hide, I say, will do and or say anything.

So far as; "You have submitted numerous requests both to the OPCC and to Northumbria
Police and many of your requests level unfounded accusations at public authorities and staff. Your requests also appear to be sent in a “scatter-gun” effort to fish for information to try to obtain some kind of
data to score points against the Office of the Police Commissioner." is concerned ... a, Requests I have made to other public authorities is none of your concern. And is in no way connected to the matter in hand. b, "unfounded accusations at public authorities and staff" this too is false, another lie, Unlike Vera Baird, her staff I have evidence to back up each every claim / statement I have ever made. Vera Baird, her staff need to include evidence to back up such lies and false claims. Put up or shut up. I trust that this WILL be dealt with in your reply to this internal review? Or don't lie about me and make false / damaging claims when you have no evidence at all.

This request can not be claimed to be "manifestly unjustified, inappropriate and
an improper use of a formal procedure. And, according to Vera Baird and her staff, my request It can therefore be classed as "vexatious" in accordance with Section 14(1) of the Act and accordingly no
response is required to be supplied.

It should be noted that no such "vexatious" claim was made by Vera Baird, her staff when they first dealt with my request. No, the first was when I push for answers on difficult questions. And when I asked for information regards costs, amounts spent. It all looks very much as if this is an abuse of FOIA to cover up requested information.

By the way Vera Baird, the former QC, you will be well aware that no one (including you new CC - Winton Keenen - has at anytime ever attempted to take any type of action (including Legal action) against me.; Why is that, if according to you - your staff, "unfounded accusations" have been made against them by me. You know the reason is because every statement I have made is based on the truth (facts and evidence).

You have ended by stating; "Please note that following this response, requests on this and related
matters will be classed as vexatious and no acknowledgement or response will be provided." Please explain what you mean by; "requests on this and related matters will be classed as vexatious". Do you mean any requests I make to Vera Baird, OPCC for information concerning amounts spent which are funded by the public?

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Kevin Payne,

For your information and further to my internal review request ..... and because you included the following; "Please note that following this response, requests on this and related matters will be classed as vexatious and no acknowledgement or response will be provided." in your reply... I have this evening made a complaint to the ICO concerning this request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Kevin Payne, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

We acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review of the response you received in relation to the above mentioned Freedom of Information request.

We aim to provide a response to you within 20 working days of your request for review.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin

Kevin Payne
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

In response to your request for internal review.

When considered in isolation, this request may not initially be clearly seen as vexatious in nature, though due to its extensive nature it would be likely to attract Section 12 of the Act as it would take an excessive amount of time to research and would extract staff from their everyday duties. However when considered in context, your request can fairly be seen as a further attempt by you to seek information in the hope of finding something that may be of use in your efforts to target senior officers within Northumbria Police. You have used the Freedom of Information Act to attempt to further a campaign against Northumbria Police and its Officers and more recently you have also focused on the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner.

Whilst you claim that the requests you have submitted elsewhere are of no concern, The ICO confirms that the history of a requestor becomes relevant when considering Section 14 of the Act. It is clear that you have made a large number of requests on matters regarding the Senior Officers of Northumbria Police and your requests inevitably lead to the cycle requests for internal review and further requests. It is not the purpose of the Act to facilitate a cycle of correspondence with the sole aim being to perpetuate ongoing contact with a public authority.

In applying Section 14 (1), The OPCC has taken into account the ICO’s guidance on “Dealing with vexatious requests’ which explains that when deciding on whether or not a request is vexatious, the key question is, ‘…whether the request is likely to cause a disproportionate or unjustified level of disruption, irritation or distress’. The guidance also states that ‘the context and history in which a request is made will often be a major factor in determining whether the request is vexatious’. I am satisfied that in applying Section 14(1), the context and history of your dealings with the ICO – which has established that your request is likely to cause a disproportionate level of disruption to the OPCC. I therefore agree with the decision to refuse your request under Section 14(1) of FOIA.

Regarding further requests that you may submit, if they are deemed to be related to a subject that has been classed as vexatious, a response will not be supplied. Where this is not clear, confirmation on this will be provided.

In conclusion, it is the decision of this review that the decision in the original response has been upheld.

If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of this review then it remains open to you to refer this matter to the Information Commissioner at the following address:

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

Yours sincerely.

Dean Lowery
Office of Dame Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Dear Enquiries,

The malicious and false (lies) of my requests being "vexatious"(copied from Corrupt Northumbria Police replies( are being used )to cover up failings by Vera "Turn a Blind-Eye" Baird as well as for reasons of embarrassment. Put simply Vera Baird and her office (who are required to hold CC to account) are covering up details about complaints made against Winton Keenen. The public, the rate payers (who fund it) have a right to know information about such complaints . Vera Braid and her staff should not be covering up such information.

For the record the and in reply to the following Lie; " However when considered in context, your request can fairly be seen as a further attempt by you to seek information in the hope of finding something that may be of use in your efforts to target senior officers within Northumbria Police. You have used the Freedom of Information Act to attempt to further a campaign against Northumbria Police and its Officers and more recently you have also focused on the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner."

I am doing nothing more than exposing and highlighting serious corruption in my cases (including my attempted murder and smear cases). Vera Baird has turned a blind eye to that corruption in her force and has done so since she came into office as PCC. Vera Baird and her staff are simply repeat the NP false and malicious lies about me.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Gadawodd Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Turning a Blind-Eye to serious Corruption By Northumbria Police in the Martin McGartland cases;

Martin McGartland

07 June 2018

Dear Northumbria Police,

During the previous 25 years Northumbria Police (from the top down) have been behind and involved in serious corruption against me and my cases.

This has included but is not limited to;

- A number of failed malicious prosecutions against me (one of which almost costing me my life);

- Deliberately concealing and or destroying evidence to cover up corruption in my cases and to protect corrupt officers from investigation and being held to account;

- Botching my 1999 attempted murder case - as a result of a state criminal conspiracy - to cover up terrorist involvement and also to protect PIRA and also the PIRA terrorists who tried to murder me.

Northumbria Police have been covering this up for the past 18 years. CC Winton Keenen has been covering it up since at lease 2006 and he continues to do so right up to the present date;

- Protecting suspect/s in my attempted murder (including known IRA terrorists) from arrest when their is both compelling grounds as well as evidence to arrest;

- Failing to carry out any type of review/s (including external force review/s) into my 1999 unsolved attempted murder case between 1999 and 2015 ;

- Carrying out the first and only case review in 2015 (16 years later) and only after years of complaints by me (all covered up by PSD, Winton Keenen and others) and only because of pressure brought by me. Only then did Winton Keenen order a review that was carried out by Roger Ford. I maintain that information and evidence was deliberately withheld from Roger Ford, by Special Branch / Winton Keenen and others), when he under took his review. And that this was done for above reasons.

Not withstanding the above, Roger Ford (God bless him) made 36 recommendations and he also prepared a report for Winton Keenen, others. Winton Keenen, NP have concealed and discovered up those 36 recommendations - some I say relate to serious failings and corruption in my attempted murder case) - as well as the Roger Ford review report.

Winton Keenen has ignored all requests by me - as the victim in the case - to be supplied with a copy of the Roger Ford report and 36 recommendations. I have still not been supplied a copy. Winton Keenen, Special Branch and NP have still, 3 years later, not acted on the Roger Ford report and the 36 recommendations.

- NP and its PSD have whitewashed, botched my complaints (but in almost each / every case have refused to even record my complaints even when there was compelling and also independent evidence - this corruption was also for above reasons) . Complaints made against Winton Keenen and others have also never been recorded or investigated.

- NP officers, PSD (and also Winton Keenen) and or others acting under their direction and control have wilfully mislead and lied to IPCC, PCC Northumbria, OPCC Northumbria and to me as the victim

- A relentless and sanctioned - from the very top - 23 year campaign of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, false arrests, lying and smearing against me, dirty tricks, abuses of power (including criminal) Etc by NP and its offers against me. All this too (when complained about during that period) was covered up, never investigated. All those involved were protected by other officers and PSD.

- Failures (and cover up and corruption by PSD, Northumbria Police and also Winton Keenen) to investigate (and also the 15 years of delays by them) to properly and thoroughly investigate the dirty tricks and the smear campaign against me. When Northumbria Police had conspired with other organs of the state (which continues to this very day) and smeared me to the press on the day of my shooting. At a time when I was fighting for my life. Those smears, which NP and its top cops, Special Branch and others invented, connected me and my shooting to drugs, criminal gangs. An the lie that my shooting had nothing at all to do with the IRA .. .. could not have been any more damaging. The damage caused to me, to my reputation continues to this very day as a result of the Northumbria Police (and Winton Keenen) corruption and the continuing cover up, their failures to investigate, to hold those corrupt officers who were behind it - involved to account. And by their failure to make amends.

- Special Branch, Crime Department, PSD, Crime Department , Command Team (and officers), SIO's, Information Unit Etc colluding, conspiring, covering up, lying to me (including as the victim) and or about me to others, 23 years of constant failures when dealing with me, my cases. And their failing to believe me (as a direct result of above) and to treat me with any type of respect or as a victim.

As I said, these are just some examples.... there are many others ... those are for another time / place. I want to add this (before making this FOI request) ... Winton Keenen and or others acting under his direction and control have been lying (once again and smearing me) about me to ICO, IPCC and others. Those totally false lies and smears were circumvent to obstruct my complaints and DPA (SAR) and FOI request etc. Also also to ensure - because of those lies - that I would have all services withdrawn from Information Commissioners Office (ICO), which ids what has happened.

Those latest smears and lies against me - some of which are being made in secret correspondence and telephone conversations (or meetings) include - according to Winton Keenen and Team Winton - that I am making defamatory comments about him (others). I want to deal with this latest lie, smear here and once and for all.

I have written to winton Keenen a number of times (after he included his circumvented false defamatory lie / claim against me in an email he sent to me). and he has ignored my request for details of what defamatory he is referring to . Perhaps he (team Winton) will include them in the public FOI, the reply? Let me be frank... the reason for Winton Keenen's silence is because he (and NP) is well aware that everything - as above - that I have ever said is based on good old fashion truth as well as facts. All of which I can back up with evidence.

I will repeat - and will do so in any court in the land - that Winton Keenen and others within NP have Lied, covered up, failed to investigate my attempted murder and smear cases (and have botched them deliberately). And they have protected the IRA (a terrorist group) who tried to murder me as well as the IRA terrorists involved. He, NP have also whitewashed my complaints, have failed me at every stage as the victim (for above reasons , has lied about me Etc. This is the truth, Winton Keenen, others within NP are Corrupt when it concerns me and my cases. The turning of blind-eyes, the failures to act, investigate etc. All part of the overall corruption, the 18 year to date state conspiracy in my cases.

There is a great deal, that I am not yet aware of relating to my cases, that Winton Keenen (Team Winton and NP are aware of) and that too is and has been covered up by NP, Winton Keenen and Team Winton to this very day. Add for above reasons.

I will email a copy of this FOI request to Winton Keenen directly so that he is aware of it. Winton "Cover Up" Keenen, Team Winton, NP and their corrupt Special Branch and Crime Department have been preventing me from getting both truth and justice.

Under the FOIA I would like to know;

How many Northumbria Police officers have;

1. Been investigated regarding me, my cases and or above?

2 Regards 1 above, if any officers have been investigated... what was the outcome?

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

(See Martin McGartland FOI requests to Northumbria Police for more info ....