confiscation of property

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please could you send me a copy of any internal advice for officers stating under what circumstances it is appropriate to confiscate people's property. I am particularly interested in anything that explains why you might confiscate a board game, as described in this news article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/...

Yours faithfully,

Ganesh Sittampalam

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Dear Ganesh Sittampalam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 05/08/08 and I note
you seek access, in summary, to the following information:

Please could you send me a copy of any internal advice for officers;
stating under what circumstances it is appropriate to confiscate; people's
property. I am particularly interested in anything that; explains why you
might confiscate a board game, as described in; this news article:;
[1]http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/...

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Karen Hicks,

Your response is now two days overdue. Please could you deal with this request immediately?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

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Dear Ganesh Sittampalam,

We are very conscious that a response to your request is overdue and for
this failure in our service we apologise. This is due to an unexpected
increase in the number of requests made to the Authority. I can confirm
that your request is receiving attention and you can expect a full
response shortly.

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Lorraine Watson

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Kent Police
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>>> Ganesh Sittampalam <[FOI #1601 email]> 05/09/08
21:54 >>>
Dear Karen Hicks,

Your response is now two days overdue. Please could you deal with
this request immediately?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Lorraine,

As this is now a week overdue, please could you tell me when you expect to have a reply?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

Nigel AMOS PSE 54114,

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Dear Ganesh Sittampalam,

Lorraine and Karen in our Freedom of Information team have made me aware
of your e-mail. I am dealing with a number of FOI requests regarding the
climate camp, many of which ask for similar, although not necessarily the
same information.

I apologise for the delay and I am acquiring the information for all of
the requests as quickly as I am able. A huge amount of information has
been created after such a large operation and it has yet to be sorted or
catalogued. As I am sure you can appreciate, this makes actually locating
the information very difficult.

However, the information is beginning to come together and I am confident
that I can provide you with a response to your specific request within a
few days.

Thank you for your patience, which we very much appreciate.

Regards,
Nigel Amos
FOI Advisor/ Lead Auditor
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards
FHQ
01622 654430
>>> Ganesh Sittampalam <[FOI #1601 email]> 10/09/08
21:41 >>>
Dear Lorraine,

As this is now a week overdue, please could you tell me when you
expect to have a reply?

Yours sincerely,

Ganesh Sittampalam

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Dear Ganesh Sittampalam

Please find attached Kent Police response to your FOI request dated
05/08/08, we do apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience.

Best Wishes
Karen Hicks

Freedom of Information Team
Data Protection Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
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Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

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Tel: +44 (0)1622 654429/654413
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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear FOI Team,

Thanks for the response. You explain that the board game was confiscated because it contained balaclavas. Please could your clarify whether you just confiscated the balaclavas, or whether you any other items that were part of the board game too (including the box, if any), and if so what the justification for that was?

Regards,

Ganesh

Nigel AMOS PSE 54114, Kent Police

Dear Mr Sittampalam,

I'm looking into this. To do so I need to retrieve the specific PACE S1
form, which is one of thousands currently being processed. I suspect this
may take me a little while so I must ask you once again for your patience
as I investigate this. In the meantime if you have any other questions
please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
Nigel Amos
FOI Advisor/ Lead Auditor
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards
FHQ
01622 654430

>>> Ganesh Sittampalam <[FOI #1601 email]> 17/09/08
20:00 >>>
Dear FOI Team,

Thanks for the response. You explain that the board game was
confiscated because it contained balaclavas. Please could your
clarify whether you just confiscated the balaclavas, or whether you
any other items that were part of the board game too (including the
box, if any), and if so what the justification for that was?

Regards,

Ganesh

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Nigel AMOS PSE 54114, Kent Police

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Dear Ganesh Sittampalam,

I have this morning received further information and so I have amended our
response to you to include this and this is attached.

The relevant, amended, paragraph reads as follows.

In the specific instance of the seizure of three board games, titled
‘War on Terror’, the games contained ‘balaclava’ style head
coverings that could have been employed to conceal identity. During the
policing of the operation, protestors were observed employing such head
coverings as they reconnoitred the power station site during attempts to
gain illegal access. The board games were seized from a vehicle under a
general warrant issued on the 31^st August. They were brand new and
sealed and so were seized in their entirety rather than damaging the
property to seize the suspect articles.

Thank you for your patience,

Regards,
Nigel Amos
FOI Advisor/ Lead Auditor
Information Compliance Unit
Professional Standards
FHQ
01622 654430

>>> Ganesh Sittampalam <[FOI #1601 email]> 17/09/08
20:00 >>>
Dear FOI Team,

Thanks for the response. You explain that the board game was
confiscated because it contained balaclavas. Please could your
clarify whether you just confiscated the balaclavas, or whether you
any other items that were part of the board game too (including the
box, if any), and if so what the justification for that was?

Regards,

Ganesh

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Ganesh Sittampalam

Dear Nigel Amos,

Thanks, that makes things clear. I appreciate your efforts looking into this.

Regards,

Ganesh

Nigel AMOS PSE 54114, Kent Police

Dear Ganesh,

No problem, that is what I am here for. I do note that I made an error
below and in the document, that the warrant in fact was served on the 31st
July, and not August 31st as stated.

best regards,

Nigel

>>> Ganesh Sittampalam <[FOI #1601 email]> 18/09/08
14:43 >>>
Dear Nigel Amos,

Thanks, that makes things clear. I appreciate your efforts looking
into this.

Regards,

Ganesh

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Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

The basic summary is that they are entitled to confiscate things that they think will be used to hide the identity of people committing criminal damage etc, the board games contained balaclavas, and they confiscated them in their entirety as they were still shrinkwrapped and they didn't want to damage property.