BY EMAIL ONLY
Mr P Ponting
Please ask for: Ian Dickinson
14th November 2018
Dear Mr Ponting,
I refer to your Freedom of Information Request of the 17th October 2018. In your email you
For clarification, could you ask the North West Blood Bikes for their comments as they make a
CLEAR reference that the bike was donated to them by Clive Grunshaw. This is both
misleading and false (assuming the facts you present are true). Their comments do therefore
allege the bike was xxxxxxxxxxx donated by the Crime Commissioner and raises questions as to
why they would post such an erroneous comment?
It is not within the remit of the Police and Crime Commissioner to ask the North West Blood
Bikes for their comments. Through the Commissioner's Scheme of Governance approved on the 22 November 2012, the
Chief Constable is permitted to dispose of assets other than land, up to the values set out in
What value of asset can the chief Constable 'dispose of'?
As there is no specific value set out in the Financial Regulations it is a matter for the Chief
Constable/delegated officers to determine the value of the asset at the point of disposal. Who values the 'asset' prior to the Chief Constable 'disposing of it'.
The only information the OPCC holds is in relation to the valuation of the asset 'PN07 ECJ' and
have previously advised you that the authorisation was given by the Head of Business Services.
We do not hold any other information as to who value the assets. What was the official valuation of PN07 ECJ at the time of donation.
Motorcycle registration PN07 ECJ, was valued at £1500 by the Head of Business Support at
Please provide formal documentation to the above valuations of public assets.
I can confirm that the OPCC does not hold any formal documents in this regard save as the
Why would such valuable asset be 'given away' they can easily have been sold and returned to
the police funds.
The rationale for the donation of PN07 ECJ was provided to you on the 19th September 2018.
We have nothing further to add. What was the official process for donating such a valuable asset and why to this particular
charity? Bearing in mind, the NWBB charity chairman is an ex Lancashire police motorcyclist
and a JP.
I can confirm that the OPCC does not hold this information. As an example, an R 1200 RT motorcycle is currently worth (at today's prices) as much as
I note your observation I am keen to identify the valuation at the time the bike (police asset) was 'donated' to the charity
whose chairman happens to be an ex Lancashire police motorcyclist.
This information has been provided above. With regards to the other bikes mentioned (for transparency), please can you provide the same
information relating to
Valuation at the time of 'sale',
This is a repeated request which has been answered by Mr Freeman in his letter to you dated
the 17 October, 2018. Who valued the bikes,
We do not hold this information and why they were 'sold' at a loss when they could have been sold for a higher value, possibly
supporting multiple charities.
This is a question in the course of business but I can confirm that the OPCC does not hold this
If you are dissatisfied with the response and wish to appeal, please write to the address below
setting out your reasons within 21 days of receipt of this letter and your request will be dealt with
through our internal review procedure:-
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire
PO Box 653
If you are still not satisfied with the decision after review, you may complain to:-
The Information Commissioner
Cheshire SK9 5AF
The OPCC has provided you with all the information it holds in relation to this matter and whilst
accepting your statutory rights (above) we do not propose to enter into any further
correspondence with you and consider this matter closed.
Governance & Policing Lead
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire