Dear Sutton Borough Council,
I would like to know about your fines for dog control and dog fouling.
To make my request clear, I would like to know:
1. Whether you have cancelled the fine wrongfully issued to Stephen Bennett - for dog fouling his dog did not do.
2. Whether you have proceedures in place for ensuring that the dog fouling fine is issued to the correct dog owner.
3. Whether you have proceedures in place for disciplining or otherwise holding to account officials found to have issued wrongful fines.
Dear <<Ms Appleton>>
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST - REF NO - <<F3994>> (please quote in correspondence)
I acknowledge your request for information received on << 27 March>> 2012.
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London Borough of Sutton
Dear Ms Appleton,
Freedom of Information request - Dog fouling fine for Stephen Bennett Ref
F3994 deadline 26 April
Please find below a response to your Freedom of Information request dated
26 March 2012.
1. Whether you have cancelled the fine wrongfully issued to Stephen
Bennett - for dog fouling his dog did not do.
Answer: As stated in the Sutton Guardian article this case is currently
under investigation and a conclusion has yet to be reached. Even if a
decision had been reached the Local Authority is not in a position to
share the details of the case with you because it contains personal
information pertaining to Stephen Bennett. If you are able to provide us
with evidence that Stephen Bennett has consented to you accessing his
personal information on his behalf the Local Authority will review its
position. Until such a time that you are able to do this any details
relating to this case will be refused under sections 40(2) and 40(3)a)i)
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 because disclosure of this
information would contravene the first data protection principle. Section
40(3)a)i) provides an absolute exemption which means that there is no test
of public interest or prejudice.
2. Whether you have procedures in place for ensuring that the dog
fouling fine is issued to the correct dog owner.
Answer: The Local Authority does have procedures in place for ensuring
that dog fouling fines are issued to the correct dog owner.
3. Whether you have procedures in place for disciplining or
otherwise holding to account officials found to have issued
Answer: The Local Authority does have procedures in place for disciplining
or holding to account any officials who have issued wrongful fines.
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London Borough of Sutton
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