Football arrests 21/22

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Dear West Midlands Police,

Under the FOI Act I would like to request the following information:

1. The number of police officers assigned to the following teams and their stadiums on match days from 13th August 2021- 22nd May 2022.

- Aston Villa

- Birmingham City

- West Bromwich Albion

- Wolverhampton Wanderers

- Walsall

2. The number of football related arrests made between 13th August-22nd May 2022 on match days at the following teams home games.

- Aston Villa

- Birmingham City

- West Bromwich Albion

- Wolverhampton Wanderers

- Walsall

Yours faithfully,

Michael Kelleher

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Dear Mr Kelleher

 

FOI Request Reference: 1543A/22

 

Thank you for your request for information, received 14/11/2022.

 

REQUEST

 

Under the FOI Act I would like to request the following information:

 

1. The number of police officers assigned to the following teams and their
stadiums on match days from 13th August 2021- 22nd May 2022.

 

- Aston Villa

 

- Birmingham City

 

- West Bromwich Albion

 

- Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

- Walsall

 

2. The number of football related arrests made between 13th August-22nd
May 2022 on match days at the following teams home games.

 

- Aston Villa

 

- Birmingham City

 

- West Bromwich Albion

 

- Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

- Walsall

 

RESPONSE

 

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this
information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

 

Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of
Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information,
relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees
limit would be exceeded (see attached). I trust this is helpful, but it
does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the
remainder of the request.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the
appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).  In order to get accurate figures we would
need to conduct a manual review of the relevant information, unfortunately
this search would exceed the FOI time limit. 

 

The cost of compliance with the whole of your request is above the amount
to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and
retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under
section 12(1) of the FOI Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the
appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations
2004, S.I. 3244.

 

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Andrea Mobberley

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