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Hate crime in Tower Hamlets

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please may I request the following data. If you are unable to gather all of this within the time allocated to my request, could you please start at the top of the list and move down as far as possible.

- Number of hate crimes reported in Tower Hamlets by year for the last three years
- A breakdown of the above by category (eg. race, religion, disability, sexuality - please note that I am not familiar with the exact classifications you use)

- Number of the above reported crimes leading to arrests
- A breakdown of the above by category

- Number of the above reported crimes for which a person was charged
- A breakdown of the above by category

- Number of the above reported crimes for which a person was convicted by a court
- A breakdown of the above by category

- The above data, but with reference to Weavers ward rather than the borough as a whole. Please note that I am not familiar with the manner in which you divide boroughs geographically for the purpose of providing figures. If this is on a different basis than by council ward, could you please provide the figures for the area(s) of the borough that include Weavers ward.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Gwynn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gwynn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013110000746
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/11/2013.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

* "In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please may I
request the following data. If you are unable to gather all of this
within the time allocated to my request, could you please start at the
top of the list and move down as far as possible. - Number of hate
crimes reported in Tower Hamlets by year for the last three years    
- A breakdown of the above by category (eg. race, religion,
disability, sexuality - please note that I am not familiar with the
exact classifications you use) - Number of the above reported crimes
leading to arrests     - A breakdown of the above by category - Number
of the above reported crimes for which a person was charged     - A
breakdown of the above by category - Number of the above reported
crimes for which a person was convicted by a court     - A breakdown
of the above by category - The above data, but with reference to
Weavers ward rather than the borough as a whole. Please note that I am
not familiar with the manner in which you divide boroughs
geographically for the purpose of providing figures. If this is on a
different basis than by council ward, could you please provide the
figures for the area(s) of the borough that include Weavers ward. "

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
achieve this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your
right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me at the above address or my colleagues at [email address]
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

S Bhaskaran
Customer Services Administration Team
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Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision
of the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act)
regarding access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS
to have the decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days
from the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied
with the decision you may make application to the Information
Commissioner for a decision on whether the request for information has
been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.  Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I have not received a response to my FOI request (Reference No: 2013110000746) within the 20 days required by law. Please provide details of why this is, in addition to the information I requested.

Yours faithfully,

Simon Gwynn

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Gwynn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013120000888

I write in connection with your request for a review of the original MPS
decision relating to 2013110000746 which was received by the Metropolitan
Police Service (MPS) on 05/12/2013.  

Your request for a review will now be considered in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response to
your request for a review of the original MPS case within a timescale of
20 working days.  In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve
this deadline.  If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Administration Team Officer
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Dear Mr Gwynn

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2013110000746

Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to your FOIA
request.

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/11/2013.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please may I
request the following data. If you are unable to gather all of this within
the time allocated to my request, could you please start at the top of the
list and move down as far as possible.

1) - Number of hate crimes reported in Tower Hamlets by year for the last
three years
    - A breakdown of the above by category (eg. race, religion,
disability, sexuality - please note that I am not familiar with the exact
classifications you use)

2) - Number of the above reported crimes leading to arrests
    - A breakdown of the above by category

3) - Number of the above reported crimes for which a person was charged
    - A breakdown of the above by category

4) - Number of the above reported crimes for which a person was convicted
by a court
    - A breakdown of the above by category

- The above data, but with reference to Weavers ward rather than the
borough as a whole. Please note that I am not familiar with the manner in
which you divide boroughs geographically for the purpose of providing
figures. If this is on a different basis than by council ward, could you
please provide the figures for the area(s) of the borough that include
Weavers ward".

This letter is to inform you that it will not be possible to respond to
your request within the cost threshold.  

In regards to question 4 of your request, please note that the MPS are not
responsible for the actual prosecution of offenders, this would fall to
the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).  Therefore we do not hold conviction
data in an easily retrievable format.

In order to locate, retrieve and extract information relevant to question
2 of this request , each individual CRIS report would need to be perused
to establish whether an arrest was made.  In the 3 year period stipulated
above, there were 1095 racist and religious related offences.  It is
estimated that it would take approximately 5 minutes to peruse each
record, to establish the number of these crimes which lead to arrests, and
as such it would take approximately 91 hours.  

We estimate that the cost of complying with this request would exceed the
appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations
and for agencies outside central Government; this is set at £450.00.  
This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 18 hours [at a
rate of £25 per hour] in determining whether the MPS holds the
information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts
as a Refusal Notice.

Section 17(5) of the Act provides:

(5) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is relying on a claim that section 12 or 14 applies must, within the time
for complying with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that
fact.

Section 12(1) of the Act provides:

(1) Section 1 does not oblige a public authority to comply with a request
for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying with
the request would exceed the appropriate limit.

Section 16 of the Act provides:

(1) It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and
assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do
so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information
to it.

(2) Any public authority which, in relation to the provision of advice or
assistance in any case, conforms with the code of practice under section
45 is to be taken to comply with the duty imposed by subsection (1) in
relation to that case.

In order to assist you, I have decided to disclose an answer to questions
1 and 3 of your request, subject to the deletion of information pursuant
to the provisions of section 40(2)  (Personal Information) of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000.

I would like to inform you that a Freedom of Information Act request is
not a private transaction. Both the request itself, and any information
disclosed, are considered suitable for open publication.

This is because, under Freedom of Information disclosed is released into
the wider public domain, effectively to the world, not just to the
individual.

In accordance with the guidance from the Information Commissioners' Office
(ICO) the MPS created a "disclosure log" which shows both the response and
any information disclosed under the Act.

The fact that any FOIA disclosure is made publicly available(on our
website and elsewhere) is taken into account when the potential harm
and/or public interest is considered.

I have provided you an answer to questions 1 and 3, however I have
redacted information as the searches yielded low level figures which could
be used to identify individual incidents and as such would be considered
personal data of individuals involved in this matter.

Section 40(2) Personal Information.

The exemption is class based and absolute therefore I am not required to
evidence the prejudice that would be caused by disclosure nor am I
required to consider the public interest. However I will explain why this
exemption has been applied.

Information that cause identifies or could assist with the identification
of the individuals is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Section 40(2) of
the Act.

In order for the exemption provided under sec 40(2) to be engaged,
disclosure of the requested information must satisfy either the first or
second condition as defined by subsections 3 and 4.

Having reviewed the requested data, I have decided that disclosure of this
information would breach principle one of the Data Protection Act, fair
and lawful processing.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Mo Khushi on telephone number 020 8217 4102 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Andrea Duncan,
On behalf of Tower Hamlets Borough

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
 Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

Find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/metpoliceuk
Twitter: @metpoliceuk

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