Ben van der Merwe

Dear Leicestershire Constabulary,

I would be grateful if you are able to provide me the following data under the Freedom of Information Act:

For March 2020 onwards, information on every planned protest or march ('protest') in your area that police have been formally made aware of, including:

1. Whether the protest was authorised by the police,
2. The purpose or affiliation of the protest,
3. The date and location of the protest,
4. Whether the protest took place,
5. If the protest took place:
a). The number of arrests made at the protest,
b). The number of cautions made at the protest,
c). Whether any fine was issued to the organisers.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, it would be great if you could provide advice and assistance, under Section 16, as to how I can better word the request.

Yours faithfully,

Ben van der Merwe

FOI, Leicestershire Constabulary

Dear Mr Van Der Merwe

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This is receiving our attention and a response will be sent to you in due course and within the specified time.

Regards

Jane Orange
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management
Leicestershire Police
http://www.leics.police.uk
email; [Leicestershire Police request email]
Tel: 101 Ext: 3307041

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Good Afternoon Mr van der Merwe

Please find attached our response to your FOI request

 

Kind Regards,

 

Linda Dempsey

Freedom of Information Officer

Information Management Section

Specialist Services

Leicestershire Police

 

[1]http://leics.police.uk

mail to: [2][email address]

or [3][Leicestershire Police request email]

Tel: 101. Extn 3308035 Voice Mail 8035

 

 

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Ben van der Merwe

Dear Information Manager,

I am writing to request an internal review of Leicestershire Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Information on protests'.

I requested the following information:

"For March 2020 onwards, information on every planned protest or march ('protest') in your area that police have been formally made aware of, including:
1. Whether the protest was authorised by the police,
2. The purpose or affiliation of the protest,
3. The date and location of the protest,
4. Whether the protest took place,
5. If the protest took place:
a). The number of arrests made at the protest,
b). The number of cautions made at the protest,
c). Whether any fine was issued to the organisers."

I received the following response:

"From 23 March 2020 and 15 December 2020 the following information applies. Leicestershire Police were contacted by around 15 protest organisers in the time period specified. Leicestershire Police do not ‘approve’ protests, but facilitate them in line with the legislation if there is an identified organiser. There were 3 or 4 where the organisers cancelled due to COVID-19."

The response does not include information about each protest, as requested, but aggregated information about all protests. No reason for this was given under the FOI Act. The number of protests is also indeterminate ('around 15'), for which no reason was given. The response also failed to include any of the information requested in parts (1), (2) or (5) of my request, without a reason being given.

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

Yours faithfully,

Ben van der Merwe

FOI, Leicestershire Constabulary

Dear Mr Van Der Merwe

I acknowledge receipt of your request for internal review under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This is receiving our attention and a response will be sent to you in due course and within the specified time.

Regards

Jane Orange
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management
Leicestershire Police
http://www.leics.police.uk
email; [Leicestershire Police request email]
Tel: 101 Ext: 3307041

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Dear Mr Van Der Merwe,

Please find attached response to your below Freedom of Information Internal Review request.

Regards

Jane Orange
Freedom of Information Officer
Information Management
Leicestershire Police
http://www.leics.police.uk
email; [Leicestershire Police request email]
Tel: 101 Ext: 3307041

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