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Homophobic hate crime

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Dear Merseyside Police,
I would like to know the number of incidents in which a hate crime against LGBT people was reported to you every year from the year 2013 to the most recent figures for 2019.
If possible could you also break down these numbers by area.
Yours faithfully,
Reanna Smith

Freedom Of Information, Merseyside Police

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Dear Ms Smith

Response Letter - FOI Application DM2019/1340 (please quote in all
correspondence)

I write in connection with your request for information, which was
received by Merseyside Police on 29/10/2019, concerning:

(summary of request) numbers of hate crimes against LGBT people recorded
in each year since 2013, by area

Your request for information has been considered and I am not obliged to
supply the information that you have requested.

Section 17, Freedom of Information Act, 2000, requires Merseyside Police,
when refusing to provide such information (because the information is
exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which:
(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Reason for Decision:

Information exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act. 
Section 12 states that information need not be disclosed if the cost of
locating / retrieving that information exceeds £450, or 18 hours based on
a cost of £25 per hour.

Accurate retrieval of the requested data would require manual review of
well over 1000 individual crime records to verify that the victim was
LGBT.  Completion of such an exercise would greatly exceed the 18-hour
time/cost limit prescribed by Section 12 FOI Act.

This communication therefore serves as a Refusal Notice under the FOI
Act.  However, such information as has been reasonably practicable to
retrieve has been provided to you.  This information is intended as
assistance only and its provision does not affect the legal right of
Merseyside Police to rely on the cost exemption for the remainder of the
request(s).  Please find attached my full Response Table.

Complaint Rights

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details your rights of review and of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
to or e-mail me at the below address, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mr D May
Disclosure Analyst
FOI Team
Data Access Unit
Merseyside Police
PO BOX 59
LIVERPOOL L69 1JD
E-mail: [1][Merseyside Police request email]

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Merseyside Police

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