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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am hoping to get some information for my daughter on this murder back in 1975 in epping forest to help her in her uni work project ie case files.

Yours faithfully,
Malcolm carr

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Carr

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000201

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05/10/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

* Margaret Lightfoot - I am hoping to get some information for my
daughter on this murder back in 1975 in epping forest to help her in
her uni work project ie case files.

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.  

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

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review their decision.

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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
Information Rights Unit
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
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Cheshire
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Carr,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000201

I write in connection with your request for information that was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05 October 2017. I note that
you seek access to the following information:

"Margaret Lightfoot - I am hoping to get some information for my daughter
on this murder back in 1975 in epping forest to help her in her uni work
project ie case files."

I have reviewed your request and believe it would be advantagous to
discuss your request. If you are able to contact me on 0207 161 6510 or
provide me with your contact number, I can discuss your request with you.

Yours sincerely,

Damion Baird
Information Rights Unit
Metropolitan Police Service
 
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
Information Rights Unit
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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
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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
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represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Carr,
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017100000201

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 05 October 2017. I note that you
have made the following request for information:
"Margaret Lightfoot - I am hoping to get some information for my daughter
on this murder back in 1975 in epping forest to help her in her uni work
project ie case files."

When a request for information is made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the Act), a public authority must inform you, when permitted,
whether the information requested is held. It must then communicate that
information to you. If a public authority decides that it cannot comply
with all or part of a request, it must cite the appropriate section or
exemption of the Act and provide you with an explanation. It is important
to note that the Act is designed to place information into the public
domain, that is, once access to information is granted to one person under
the Act, it is then considered public information and must be communicated
to any individual should a request be received. Any information released
under the Act is also published upon the MPS website.
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within the MPS
to locate information relevant to your request. These searches located the
requested information.

DECISION
The murder of Margaret Lightfoot is the subject of an ongoing police
investigation. In view of this and having consulted with the team
responsible for this investigation, I have found that all information held
in connection with this investigation is exempt from release under the
Act. This email accordingly serves as a 'Refusal notice' in relation to
this request under Section 17(1) of the Act. A full explanation, including
the relevant sections of the Act, is given in the section titled 'Legal
Annex' below.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.  

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 161 6510 or at the address at the top of this email,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird
LEGAL ANNEX
Exemptions Claimed
Section 1(1)(a) of the Act provides:

"(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled -

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request"

Section 1(1)(b) of the Act provides:

"(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him."

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

"(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of Part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which -

(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies."

Section 30(1)(a)(i)(ii) of the Act provides:
"(1) Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it
has at any time been held by the authority for the purposes of -
(a) any investigation which the public authority has a duty to conduct
with a view to it being ascertained -
(i) whether a person should be charged with an offence

Section 40(2)(a)(b) and (3)(a)(i) of the Act provides:

"(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if-
(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is-
(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act
1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene -
(i)any of the data protection principles"

Explanation of Exemptions Claimed

Section 40 (2)(a)(b) & (3)(a)(i) - Personal Information: Absolute
Exemption/Class Based
Under Section 40(2) and (3) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to
withhold information where its release would identify any living
individual and breach the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998
(DPA). I have claimed this exemption in that the requested police file
contains personal data that would, if released, breach the rights of named
persons under the DPA.

The eight principles of the DPA govern the way in which data controllers
must manage personal data. Under principle one of the DPA, personal data
must be processed fairly and lawfully. In view of this requirement, I have
chosen to claim this exemption in that the persons named and referred to
within the requested police file, would not reasonably expect their
personal data to be made available to the general public. In claiming this
exemption, I have given due regard to Condition one and six of Schedule 2
of the DPA. Condition one of the DPA requires that consideration is given
to whether consent for disclosure has been given whilst Condition six
requires that consideration is given to whether disclosure would
constitute legitimate processing of that data. I have found that as no
prior consent has been given to release this personal data and in the case
of legitimate processing, the release of this personal data would be
unexpected and subsequently unfair, that it is not appropriate to release
this information.

The provision to refuse access to information under Section 40(2)(a)(b)
and (3)(a)(i) of the Act is both absolute and class based. When this
exemption is claimed, it is accepted that harm would result from
disclosure. There is accordingly no requirement to demonstrate what that
harm may be in refusing access to information.

Section 30(1)(a)(i) - Investigations and Proceedings Conducted by Public
Authorities
The information requested is held by the MPS for the purpose of an
investigation. This investigation is ongoing. In view of the status of the
investigation, I have decided to claim Section 30 (Investigations and
Proceedings conducted by Public Authorities) of the Act.

Under Section 30(1)(a)(i) of the Act, Public Authorities are able to
withhold information if it has, at any time, been held by the authority
for the purposes of any investigation with a view to it being ascertained
whether a person should be charged with an offence.

Section 30 of the Act is both qualified and class based. I am therefore
required to consider whether the 'Public Interest' lies in disclosing or
withholding the requested information. I have accordingly conducted a
Public Interest Test to determine whether the release of the requested
information is in the public interest. This exemption is also class based.
I am therefore not required to demonstrate what harm would result from
disclosure.

Please find the public interest considerations that I have identified and
evaluated in relation to Section 30(1)(a)(i) of the Act.

Transparency with the General Public
The information requested forms part of an ongoing investigation. When an
investigation is conducted by police into a murder, there is a clear
public interest in releasing the facts established by the investigation.
Release of the requested information would accordingly, reinforce the MPS
commitment to be an open and transparent organisation and serve to
maintain public confidence/trust in the Police Service.

Public Awareness/Debate
The investigation into the murder of Margaret Lightfoot has been the
subject of a number of media reports. The release of information obtained
during this course of this inquiry would place some of the facts
established by this investigation into the public domain. Release would
accordingly serve to facilitate informed public debate based upon accurate
information.

Public Confidence
The general public rightly expects the MPS to carry out a full and robust
investigation into the murder of Margaret Lightfoot. To maintain public
confidence in the MPS, it is important that the MPS, where possible, is
open about its investigation and findings.

Public Interest Considerations Favouring Non-Disclosure

Prejudice to a Police Investigation
The requested information forms part of a live investigation. The public
interest, at this stage of the investigation, remains in conducting a
fair, proportionate and unbiased investigation. It would therefore be
inappropriate and potentially prejudicial to the investigation, to release
the requested information, at this stage, to the general public.

Fair Treatment of Individuals
The MPS has a moral duty to treat all persons subject to, or concerned in,
an investigation fairly. The public interest is best served by ensuring
that no action is taken that would negatively impact upon this
investigation.

Evaluation
When a request for information is made, I must determine whether
exemptions should be claimed and in the case of exemptions that are
qualified, establish whether release is in the public interest. Having
considered your request, I have chosen to claim Section 30 of the Act in
view of the live police investigation and have accordingly, conducted a
public interest test to determine whether release of the information
requested is in the public interest. Having identified and considered the
factors relevant to the public interest, I have carefully examined the
importance of transparency with the general public. I consider this to be
of particular importance given the MPS commitment to be an open and
transparent organisation.

In assessing your request, I have also evaluated the harm that release
would be likely to cause. The investigation into the murder of Margaret
Lightfoot is ongoing. To release information which forms parts of a live
police investigation could prejudice the investigation's outcome. In view
of this, I have found the case for refusing your request to be
particularly persuasive.

In considering any request for information, the balance between all
opposing interests must be found. Whilst I acknowledge the case for
transparency, the case for refusing to release information about a live
police investigation is both clear and compelling. In view of the inherent
public interest in conducting an investigation that is both fair and
without undue prejudice, I have found that release of the material
gathered during the course of the investigation into the murder of
Margaret Lightfoot, to be contrary to the public interest. I have
accordingly refused your request.

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
Information Rights Unit
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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

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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