Alleged brick thrown through communal stairwell window in Sherlock House, Manor Road, Wallasey on 11th or 12th July 2016

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Dear Merseyside Police,

RE: Alleged criminal damage at Sherlock House, Manor Road, Wallasey.

Please confirm the following:

1. Did your officers visit the Sherlock House location to gather evidence?

2. What was the physical nature / description / material of the projectile apparently thrown through and breaking the bottom left pane of the 12 shared stairwell windows on the ground floor of the north eastern elevation of Sherlock House on either 11th or 12th July 2016? i.e. was it a brick or a rock or a stone or something else? Please describe.

3. Do you have in your possession the projectile (brick or rock or stone or something else) that was reported to have been thrown by an unknown person and was later described in several local and national newspapers as 'a brick' thrown through a window?

4. Was there any evidence to suggest that the constituency office or office window of Angela Eagle MP on the ground floor of the south eastern elevation was subjected to an attack during the same time period?

5. Did you conclude after gathering evidence that the attack dated 11th or 12th July 2016 was confined to the shaired stairwell on the north east elevation of the building, and that the office or office window of Angela Eagle MP was not attacked given the nature of the evidence gathered?

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr Cardin,

 

Response - FOIA Application - DJ 2016-807 MERPOL (please quote in all
correspondence)

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated, 02/08/2016,
which was received by Merseyside Police on 02/08/2016. I note that you
seek access to the following information:

 

(Paraphrased) : Information relating criminal damage at premises known as
Sherlock House, Manor Road, Wallasey.  

 

Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that some of the information that you requested is held by
Merseyside Police.

 

Extent of searches to locate information.

 

To locate the information relevant to your request, searches were
conducted in Force Crime Registrar’s and Force Contact Centre records. 

 

Result of searches.

 

The searches located some records relevant to your request.

 

Decision.

 

I have today been authorised by the senior decision maker in this case,
Data Access Supervisor, to:

 

disclose information related to your requests numbered one in full;

and

fully exempt information related to your requests numbered 2 & 3 pursuant
to the provisions of section 30, Freedom of Information Act 2000;

fully exempt information related to your requests numbered 4& 5  pursuant
to the provisions of section 21, Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request for information, in relation to the exempt information, has
been considered and Merseyside Policies not obliged to supply the
information that you have requested.

 

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

(a) States that fact,

(b) Specifies the exemption(s) in question and

(c) States (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

 

Please find attached information relating to your request in the schedule
above.

  

Making a complaint or an appeal

 

Your attention is drawn to the sheet attached below which details your
rights of complaint.              

 

Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or e-mail me, on the below address, quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours faithfully

 

D Jackson

Disclosure Analyst

Merseyside Police

Data Access Unit

PO BOX 59

LIVERPOOL L69 1JD

Fax: 0151 777 1677

E-mail:  [Merseyside Police request email]

 

Schedule(s) of disclosed information:      Attached at top of e-mail

  

 

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Merseyside Police's handling of my FOI request 'Alleged brick thrown through communal stairwell window in Sherlock House, Manor Road, Wallasey on 11th or 12th July 2016'.

I believe that false information has been placed into the public domain by at least 12 large circulation newspapers including The Daily Mail, whom Merseyside Police linked to in their response as an 'alternative source of information' under Section 21.

I regard it as wholly irresponsible for Merseyside Police to suggest that e.g. The Daily Mail represents a source of accurate information which stands on a par with the information withheld under Section 21 on their own systems.

I accept that 'the public interest' does not represent what the public are interested in but feel that the correct definition of 'the public interest' is not being served by your decision to withhold under Section 21 and my request for an internal review is placed with this in mind.

It is not of tangible benefit to the public as a whole to continue to withhold.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
The first reckonable day is the working day after the working day of
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Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Dear Mr Cardin,

FOI DJ2016-807 - IR 2016-842

I acknowledge receipt of your email received 13th August 2016 requesting that Merseyside Police review its response to your request for information concerning:

Alleged brick thrown through communal stairwell window in Sherlock House, Manor Rd, Wallasey.

I understand that you have raised a query regarding the correct definition of 'the public interest' not being served by Merseyside Police decision to withhold under S21 and your request for an internal review is placed with this in mind.

An internal review will be undertaken surrounding our FOI response - this will be considered independently by the Information Governance Manager. The review will be conducted in accordance with the Merseyside Police review procedure and every effort will be made to have a response to you no later than the 9th September 2016 (20 working days from receipt of internal review request, as advocated by the ICO).

However, if it becomes clear that the review will not be completed by this date you will be contacted.

Yours sincerely,

Vivien Jaymes
Data Access Supervisor
Force Website www.merseyside.police.uk
Force Twitter @merseypolice

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Dear Merseyside Police,

Thank you. I also stated the following:

"I believe that false information has been placed into the public domain by at least 12 large circulation newspapers including The Daily Mail, whom Merseyside Police linked to in their response as an 'alternative source of information' under Section 21.

I regard it as wholly irresponsible for Merseyside Police to suggest that e.g. The Daily Mail represents a source of accurate information which stands on a par with the information withheld under Section 21 on their own systems."

Please be mindful of this also when reviewing,

Yours faithfully,

Paul Cardin

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

Your email to the Merseyside Police Freedom of Information (FOI) in box is
acknowledged.

 

If it contains an initial (new) request under FOI it will be dealt with in
accordance with section 10 of the Act which means that you are entitled to
receive a response no later than 20 working days after the first working
day* on which your request is received.

 

Other arrangements may apply if a fees notice is issued or if the time
period is extended in order that public interest considerations of our
response may take place. Section 10 also allows public authorities to
apply variations to the normal 20 working day timescale in some limited
circumstances.

 

Due to the volume of e-mail correspondence and FOI applications received,
the Force regrets that individual acknowledgement e-mails will not be sent
even if specifically requested.

 

If the correspondence cannot be dealt with as FOI, it will be forwarded
internally and you will be advised of the location. Any related
communication must be direct to the identified location and not the FOI
e-mail address.

 

*The ‘working day’ is defined as any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday,
Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the
Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 in any part of the United Kingdom.
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Thomas Graham Edmund, Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr. Cardin

 

Further to the Force Data Access Supervisor's email  of 15/08/2016
acknowledging receipt of your request for Merseyside Police to conduct an
internal review of your Freedom of Information, I confirm that I have
completed my review.

 

You requested:

 

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information
reviews.

 

I am writing to request an internal review of Merseyside Police's handling
of my FOI request 'Alleged brick thrown through communal stairwell window
in Sherlock House, Manor Road, Wallasey on 11th or 12th July 2016'.

 

I believe that false information has been placed into the public domain by
at least 12 large circulation newspapers including The Daily Mail, whom
Merseyside Police linked to in their response as an 'alternative source of
information' under Section 21.

 

I regard it as wholly irresponsible for Merseyside Police to suggest that
e.g. The Daily Mail represents a source of accurate information which
stands on a par with the information withheld under Section 21 on their
own systems.

 

I accept that 'the public interest' does not represent what the public are
interested in but feel that the correct definition of 'the public
interest' is not being served by your decision to withhold under Section
21 and my request for an internal review is placed with this in mind.

 

It is not of tangible benefit to the public as a whole to continue to
withhold.

 

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on
the Internet at this address:
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

 

 

Decision

I have decided to partly uphold and partly overrule the original decision
and cite a different exemption for requests numbered 4 and 5 on the
attached revised response table following my internal review

 

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:

(a) states that fact,

(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and

(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

 

Reason for Decision: The neither confirm nor deny stance taken to the
response to request numbered 3 in the response table applies equally to
the requests made in 4 and 5.

 

I have reviewed the response in the light of your perception that
Merseyside Police by referring you to a particular media item is endorsing
it. I have withdrawn from citing the exemption that is found at section 21
of the Act and provide you in the attached response table information
under section 16 of the Act which forms part of a duty to provide advice
and assistance.

 

Additional information

 

Complainant Rights:

Should you disagree with this decision you have a further right of appeal
to the Information Commissioner the contact details for whom are below.

 

The Office of the Information Commissioner

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire SK9 5AF

More information is available from the Information Commissioner's website

[2]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Graham Thomas
Information Assurance Coordinator
Direct Line Tel:+441517778412
Force Website   [3]www.merseyside.police.uk
Force Twitter @merseypolice

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Paul Cardin left an annotation ()

16th September 2016

Appealed to the Information Commissioner

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Thomas Graham Edmund, Merseyside Police

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Dear Mr. Cardin,

 

I provide a revised response table to your FOI request (our ref.
DJ2016-807) having revisited the case at the request of the Information
Commissioners' Office.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Graham Thomas
Information Assurance Coordinator
Direct Line Tel:+441517778412
Force Website   [1]www.merseyside.police.uk
Force Twitter @merseypolice

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