Denise Aubrey, Northumbria police and 'wider concerns raised with Vera Baird, QC - Northumbria PCC - Martin McGartland request

Martin McGartland (Account suspended) made this Freedom of Information request to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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The request was refused by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

21 May 20014

Dear Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner,

"I'm the keeper of secrets" - “I was the keeper of secrets and it puts me in the awful position of having to reveal information that ordinarily I would ha .... - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nort...

The news report also states that; "She has written to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, claiming she was unfairly forced out of her job, as well as raising wider concerns."

Under FOIA 2000 please supply details of;

1. What 'wider concerns' have been raised by Denise Aubrey when she wrote to PCC, Vera Baird.

2. As well as 1 above, did Denise Aubrey raise any concerns of corruption within Northumbria police and or make an allegations of corruption within Northumbria police or against any of its staff or officers.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

Subject: Freedom of Information Acknowledgement – Reference 581314

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

Your request dated 21 May 2014 was received by this department on 22 May 2014.

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 20 June 2014.

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 call the contact 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
Business Administration Apprentice
Office of Mrs 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,

 

Subject: Freedom of Information Request –  Reference 581314

 

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

 

Your request dated 21 May 2014 was received by this department on 22 May
2014.

You asked:

"I'm the keeper of secrets" - "I was the keeper of secrets and it puts me
in the awful position of having to reveal information that ordinarily I
would ha .... -
[1]http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nort...

The news report also states that; "She has written to the Independent
Police Complaints Commission and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, claiming
she was unfairly forced out of her job, as well as raising wider
concerns."

Under FOIA 2000 please supply details of;

1.  What 'wider concerns' have been raised by Denise Aubrey when she wrote
to PCC, Vera Baird.  

2.  As well as 1 above, did Denise Aubrey raise any concerns of corruption
within Northumbria police and or make an allegations of corruption within
Northumbria police or against any of its staff or officers.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner can neither confirm nor deny
that any information is held relevant to your request as the duty in
Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by
virtue of the following exemptions:

Section 40(5) – Personal Information

The duty to neither confirm nor deny under this section of the Act arises
where the disclosure of the information into the public domain would
contravene any of the data protection principles or Section 10 of the Data
Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in Section 33(1) of
that Act were disregarded.

Irrespective of what information Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
may or may not hold, any request which has potential to identify a third
party by citing an exemption, would attract a neither confirm nor deny
response that information is held by virtue of Section 40(5) as it
constitutes personal data of an individual other than the applicant and
disclosure would contravene the first data protection principle which
states in part that personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully.
 

No inference can be drawn from this refusal that any other information is
or is not held.

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police and 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.

The Disclosure Log will be updated quarterly.

I have provided the relevant link below.

[2]http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/transp...

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police and 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 I have 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.

Yours sincerely.

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

 

 

 

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

3 June 2014

Dear Enquiries,

I am NOT requesting an Internal Review at this stage. Vera Baird, her office have not dealt with this request correctly nor within the law. I am now requesting that they do so without further delay.

Vera Baird claims that my request is exempt under

"Section 40(5) – Personal Information" She also claims that; "The duty to neither confirm nor deny under this section of the Act arises where the disclosure of the information into the public domain would contravene any of the data protection principles or Section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in Section 33(1) of that Act were disregarded." She is wrong and she is also breaking the law, which is not the first time, by using and abusing the FOIA to cover-up and conceal non-exempt recorded information that she is well aware must be released under the FOIA 2000.

Vera Baird knows that Denise Aubrey, who was a valued member of staff at NP for over 20 years, wrote to her as Northumbria PCC to both complain and also to make PCC aware of wider concerns. Miss Aubrey made this very clear in her comments in the newspaper report, as above, and those wider concerns can not be hidden by Vera Baird or any other person for that matter.

If Miss Aubrey has complained to the Vera Baird as PCC or brought information to her attention of wrongdoing and or corruption, then the public have a right to know. Vera Baird can not continue to turn a blind eye to very serious corruption within Northumbria police HQ. That too would amount to corruption.

I will be taking this matter to the ICO at a later stage. I will also be making a Complaint against Vera Baird.

I should add that I have already made contact with Denise Aubrey and I made her aware that individuals with Northumbria Police Special Branch played an important part in her sacking. I have also given her further information and I have offered to attend, as a witness, any hearing and or tribunal to give evidence on her behalf.

Vera Baird needs to get real, she needs to open both eyes. Northumbria Police HQ is one of the most corrupt forces in the whole of the UK. I know, I have been on the receiving end of their Smears, their Lies, their very serious criminal acts.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

3 June 2014

Dear Enquiries,

I am NOT requesting an Internal Review at this stage. Vera Baird, her office have not dealt with this request correctly nor within the law. I am now requesting that they do so without further delay.

Vera Baird claims that my request is exempt under

"Section 40(5) – Personal Information" She also claims that; "The duty to neither confirm nor deny under this section of the Act arises where the disclosure of the information into the public domain would contravene any of the data protection principles or Section 10 of the Data Protection Act 1998 or would do so if the exemptions in Section 33(1) of that Act were disregarded." She is wrong and she is also breaking the law, which is not the first time, by using and abusing the FOIA to cover-up and conceal non-exempt recorded information that she is well aware must be released under the FOIA 2000.

Vera Baird knows that Denise Aubrey, who was a valued member of staff at NP for over 20 years, wrote to her as Northumbria PCC to both complain and also to make PCC aware of wider concerns. Miss Aubrey made this very clear in her comments in the newspaper report, as above, and those wider concerns can not be hidden by Vera Baird or any other person for that matter.

If Miss Aubrey has complained to the Vera Baird as PCC or brought information to her attention of wrongdoing and or corruption, then the public have a right to know. Vera Baird can not continue to turn a blind eye to very serious corruption within Northumbria police HQ. That too would amount to corruption.

I will be taking this matter to the ICO at a later stage. I will also be making a Complaint against Vera Baird.

I should add that I have already made contact with Denise Aubrey and I made her aware that individuals within Northumbria Police Special Branch played an important part in her sacking. I have also given her further information and I have offered to attend, as a witness, any hearing and or tribunal to give evidence on her behalf. Any claims by NP that she was sacked as a result of alleged 'leaks' was nothing more than a excuse. If two senior cops, two dirt-birds, are playing away from their families (husband, wife) it is they who should have been sacked.

Vera Baird needs to get real, she needs to open both eyes. Northumbria Police HQ is one of the most corrupt forces in the whole of the UK. I know, I have been on the receiving end of their Smears, their Lies, their very serious criminal acts.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Mr McGartland,

A response to your request was supplied 29 May 2014.

Along with the response, the rights of complaint were also supplied to you.

Your latest correspondence mixes allegations and complaints in with issues regarding this request. To retain a level of formality regarding this request, should you be dissatisfied with any part of the response supplied to this request, you may ask for an internal review to be carried out.

Your reasons for requesting internal review should be clear and should only refer to the request and its associated response.

Yours sincerely.

Kevin Payne
Business Administration Apprentice
Office of Mrs Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

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