Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please could you provide me with the statistics for the number of cab related assaults for the period commencing 01 January 2010 to today's date 24th November 2010.

I would like the figures to show how many cab related sexual assaults were reported for the above period.

I would like the figures to show how many rapes were reported for the above period.

I would like the figures of how many convictions have resulted from these complaints.

Thanks

I look forward to your reply

Yours faithfully,

Lee Osborne

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Osborne,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010110004659
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24/11/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* "Please could you provide me with the statistics for the number of cab
related assaults for the period commencing 01 January 2010 to today's
date 24th November 2010.
* I would like the figures to show how many cab related sexual assaults
were reported for the above period.
* I would like the figures to show how many rapes were reported for the
above period.
* I would like the figures of how many convictions have resulted from
these complaints."

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
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to a third party. In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Osborne,

Thank you for your FOI request which has been passed to me to handle.

You will know from your other requests there is a lot of legal material
that can get in the way and I want to avoid that if i can.

From what you ask what I can get for you is:

1) Figures for cab related assault
2) Figures for cab related sexual assault
3) Figures for cab related rape.

I cannot get figures on convictions data within the time the Act allows
me.

To help you as much as I can I could get you figures on:

4) Figures on the detection status of cab related sexual offences.
5) Figures on the number of People Proceeded Against for cab
related sexual offences.
6) Figures on how we proceeded against them(e.g. charge/ cautioned,
etc). This is the stage before going to court and being convicted.

If you say that you are happy for me to provide the above 4, 5 and 6
instead of convictions data I can get this out to you fairly soon.

I won't bore you with the details of the legal material but if you are not
happy with the above redefinition I will have to refuse the entire request
and not be able to give you anything which isn't very constructive.

Please can you get back to me as soon as possible confirming the
redefinition as i would much rather be able to let you have data than not.

Best regards

Tom

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Osbourne

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010110004659

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 24/11/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Please could you provide me with the statistics for the number of cab
related assaults for the period commencing 01 January 2010 to today's
date 24th November 2010. I would like the figures to show how many cab
related sexual assaults were reported for the above period. I would
like the figures to show how many rapes were reported for the above
period. I would like the figures of how many convictions have resulted
from these complaints..

This letter is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold. The reason for this being that we
did not hear back from you concerning our request to redefine the request
to something achievable. Taking your request in its original format means
we would have to attempt to obtain the convictions data from the systems
we have access to. That would involve downloading the crime references for
the cab related sexual offences. Then manually matching these with the
CRIS system to obtain the suspect and accused names behind these numbers,
also to obtain unique identifiers for the names e.g. DoB, ethnicity, age
(so to avoid matching to the wrong individual with the same name). All
these would have to be manually compared with the PNC database to confirm
if we hold the convictions data, and if we do, to retrieve it.

We estimate that the cost of complying with this request would exceed the
appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations
and for agencies outside central Government; this is set at **450.00.
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours [at a
rate of **25 per hour] in determining whether the MPS holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice.

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12 of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1(1) does not oblige a public authority to comply with a
request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Under Section 16 (duty to assist) I offered you the chance to redefine
your request to something which was achievable within the time and cost
provisions of the Act. I have not heard back from you concerning this. If
you do wish to take me up on the offer of redefinition this will be logged
as a new and separate request.

If you wish to discuss redefining your request, please contact me on
02071613131.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Thomas Waller on telephone number 02071613131 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Thomas Waller
Performance Information Helpdesk
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

The Metropolitan Police Service is here for London - on the streets and in
your community, working with you to make our city safer.

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system. To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The MPS has a
strict staff conduct policy. Any email that causes you concern should be
reported via the Contacts section on the official MPS Website at
[1]www.met.police.uk

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