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Dear Kent Police,

Mayor's downloading child/adult porn on council laptops or soliciting for prostitution

Can you please provide the figures for how many mayor's in Kent have been arrested and/or cautioned for any of the above.

How many have been successfully prosecuted or have been let off by the courts.

How many have been removed from their positions or resigned voluntarily.

How many were governors of schools or magistrates etc.

Yours faithfully,

Y.Stewart

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y. Stewart,

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REF 18/08/1096

 

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on 15 August 2018. I
note you seek access, in summary, to information relating to:

 

Mayors downloading child/adult porn on council laptops.

 

Before proceeding with your request could you please clarify a date
period. I will place your request on hold until we receive your
clarification

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) provides that a public
authority respond to an FOI request within 20 working days. Please be
aware that we are experiencing very high request volumes and while we will
endeavour to complete your request as soon as possible it is likely that a
response may well be delayed.

 

Your interest in Kent Police is appreciated and pending a specific
response to your request, I enclose a sheet, which summarises your rights.
Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact us via the following telephone numbers 01622
654429/654413/652304 quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Freedom of Information Team

Kent Police

 

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Ten years.

Yours sincerely,

Y.Stewart

Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

By law Kent Police should have replied promptly and by 13 September.

May I please have an answer.

Yours sincerely,

Y.Stewart

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y. Stewart,

 

I write in relation to the Freedom of Information request you made to Kent
Police on 15 August 2018 concerning downloading of child/adult porn.
Unfortunately, due to an increase in workload there has been a delay in
responding to some FOI requests and for this I apologise. We are working
on progressing your request and will respond as soon as possible.

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

Mark Crittenden

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

 

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.
For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
personal data please go to
https://www.kent.police.uk/policy/privac... or
https://www.essex.police.uk/copyright-pr...

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y Stewart,

 

With reference to the Freedom of Information request that we received from
you on 15 August 2018, please find attached the response letter.

 

Should you have any queries relating to this then please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Public Disclosure Officer

Information Security and Governance

Kent Police

This email and any other accompanying document(s) contain information from
Kent Police and/or Essex Police, which is confidential or privileged. The
information is intended to be for the exclusive use of the individual(s)
or bodies to whom it is addressed. The content, including any subsequent
replies, could be disclosable if relating to a criminal investigation or
civil proceedings. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that
any disclosure, copying, distribution or other use of the contents of this
information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error,
please notify us immediately by contacting the sender or telephoning Kent
Police on 01622 690690 or Essex Police on 01245 491491, as appropriate.
For further information regarding Kent Police’s or Essex Police’s use of
personal data please go to
https://www.kent.police.uk/policy/privac... or
https://www.essex.police.uk/copyright-pr...

Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Thank you for confirming that a data search was run for the last 10 years where the suspect's occupation was a Mayor, with offences for possession of indecent images of children (86/10) or soliciting for prostitution (167/1 and 167/2). No results were found; as far as can be reasonably ascertained, no information relevant to this request is held by Kent Police.

I accept your apology for providing the information outside of the 20 days, but I do recall a local media article in 2008 referring to the Mayor of Maidstone Peter Hooper being arrested who subsequently stood down, are you saying Kent Police did not arrested him or that he was not arrested for any of the above reasons?

Yours sincerely,

Y.Stewart

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y. Stewart,

Please be advised that Kent Police would Neither Confirm Nor Deny the arrest of any individual.

Your Sincerely,

Mark Crittenden
Public Disclosure Officer
Information Security and Governance
Kent Police

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Kent Police have already confirmed it has not arrested any mayor including those for Maidstone Borough Council in the last ten years, which according to the local media who printed the story is incorrect.

Why would Kent Police give out false information and why can you not confirm if you have previously arrested a mayor of Maidstone or are mayor's exempt and protected because of the position they hold?

Yours sincerely,

Y.Stewart

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Why would Kent Police hide the fact that they have previously arrested a mayor from Kent ?

Ex-mayor bailed in computer investigation
A former mayor has resigned as a councillor after being arrested by police investigating computer-related crime.

Peter Hooper (LIB Dem) cabinet member for corporate services on Maidstone council.

He also stepped down as chairman of governors at the county town's West Borough Primary School and is believed to have given up his duties as a magistrate with central Kent bench.

www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/ex-m...

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y Stewart,

The searches performed to answer your request were based on individuals who gave their occupation as "Mayor" at the time of their arrest. Therefore if an individual either, (i) failed to provide their occupation, (ii) provided a different occupation to Mayor, or, (iii) was not a Mayor at the time of their arrest then it would not have displayed as a result.

As explained within our response, based on the search criteria we used, and as far as could be reasonably ascertained, no information relevant to your request was held.

Confirming or denying whether any specific individual has been arrested, regardless of their occupation, would be contrary to the first of the Data Protection Principles. Article 5 EU GDPR details the first data protection principle, it states: Personal data shall be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject. Processing includes disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available. In accordance with Section 40(5)(B)(a)(i) FOIA there is no obligation for a public authority to confirm or deny whether any named individual has been arrested.

Kind regards,

Public Disclosure Team
Kent Police

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Dear Freedom of Information Kent,

Are Kent Police saying the local media is wrong?

'A former mayor has resigned as a councillor after being arrested by police investigating computer-related crime.

Peter Hooper (LIB Dem) cabinet member for corporate services on Maidstone council.

He also stepped down as chairman of governors at the county town's West Borough Primary School and is believed to have given up his duties as a magistrate with central Kent bench.'

www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/news/ex-m...

Yours sincerely,

Y.Stewart

Dear Kent Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Kent Police's handling of my FOI request 'Mayor's downloading child/adult porn on council laptops or soliciting for prostitution

Kent Police Force appear to be trying to conceal the facts surrounding a mayor of Maidstone being arrested that was reported by the media.

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

Yours faithfully,

Y.Stewart

Freedom of Information Kent, Kent Police

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Dear Y Stewart,

A response was provided to this Freedom of Information request under reference 18/08/1096 on 24 September 2018.
Under the section 'Your right to appeal' it reads:

"...if you feel your request has not been properly handled or are otherwise dissatisfied with the outcome of your request, you have 40 working days from the date the response is issued to request that Kent Police carry out an internal review."

This is supported by guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office that complaints be made within two months of receiving an authority's final response: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/off...

Since a period of more than 40 working days has elapsed since 24 September 2018, there is no requirement for Kent Police to carry out an internal review into the response under 18/08/1096.

Yours sincerely,

Alan Muggridge
Public Disclosure Officer
Information Security and Governance
Kent Police

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