Gangs

Owen Sheppard made this Freedom of Information request to Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

Please could you provide information on criminal gangs operating either partly or wholly within the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham between 2018/19 and 2019/20.

For each of the gangs identified by the council, please provide information on:
- The name of each gang, if this is applicable
- The areas said gang was operating in
- How many individuals were thought to be associated with each gang
- The dominant age demographic associated with each gang
- If there is a dominant ethnicity or ethnicities associated with each gang, please state it
- The types of criminal offences that each gang is believed to commit

If you are unable to complete parts of this FOI due to data protection, time or cost constraints,please complete the aspects of the FOI that you are able to comply with.

Yours faithfully,

Owen Sheppard

H and F In Touch, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

Our reference: 1818157
 
 
Dear Mr. Sheppard 
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 1
September 2020.  Your request has been summarised as follows:
 
Please could you provide information on criminal gangs operating either
partly or wholly within the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham between
2018/19 and 2019/20.

For each of the gangs identified by the council, please provide
information on:
- The name of each gang, if this is applicable
- The areas said gang was operating in
- How many individuals were thought to be associated with each gang
- The dominant age demographic associated with each gang
- If there is a dominant ethnicity or ethnicities associated with each
gang, please state it
- The types of criminal offences that each gang is believed to commit
 

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Gary Clothier, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Our reference: 1818157
 
 
 
Dear Mr. Sheppard
 
Thank you for your request for information received on 1 September 2020.
 
Please find attached our response to your request.
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Gary Clothier
Investigations and Information Officer
 
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Dear Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Gangs'.

I find it extremely unlikely that the council does not possess the information I have requested.

Firstly, like all London boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham has a Youth Offending Team, whose officers will have the knowledge to answer the questions I have asked.

Secondly, Hammersmith and Fulham also announced earlier this year that it is setting up a new "gang crime unit", mentioned on page 2 of the report linked below. Again, I find it unlikely that the council wouldn't possess the information I have requested regarding local gangs.

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/sites/default/fi...

Thirdly, I have submitted an identical request to Westminster Council, which was able to respond in full and in good time with sufficient detail to answer my questions. I see no reason why Hammersmith and Fulham shouldn't also be able to.

You can see my correspondence with Westminster Council on this matter here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

Lastly, although you are correct that the Metropolitan Police will also possess some or all of the information I have asked for, that is not a sufficient reason, under the FOI Act, for the council not to provide the information that it itself possesses.

With these four points in mind, the council should provide the information I have requested.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g...

Yours faithfully,

Owen Sheppard

Busola Awani, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

 
Dear Mr Sheppard,

Your request for internal review under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) - 1818157

We’re sorry you’re dissatisfied with how H&F handled your request under
the FOIA.

We received your internal review request on 23 September 2020 and the
Information Management Team (IMT) will now investigate.

 IMT is the central team within H&F that processes internal reviews of
FOIA requests.

We aim to respond to all IRs within 20-40 working days. We plan to respond
to your IR by 19 October 2020. 
If we need more time, we’ll let you know the extended due date.

We’ll contact you if we need more information.   Please include  1818157
on all correspondence about this request.

Yours sincerely,

Busola Awani
Senior information officer

 
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Emmanuel Amponsah, Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council

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Dear Mr Sheppard,

Please see attached the Council's response to your internal review
request.

Kind regards

Emmanuel Amponsah
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