number of arrest warrants from TVL detection?

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Sarah Goldsmith made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Sarah Goldsmith

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

TVL uses detection evidence when applying for search warrants.

Please supply me with the number of search warrants issued in the UK on the basis of evidence gleaned from TVL detection vans/equipment, during the period 1 Jan 2008 to 1 Jan 2012.

If you do not hold this data please inform me who does.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Goldsmith

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Ms Goldsmith,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 18 March 2012. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20120298.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
Room 2252, BBC White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Numerous people have tried asking this, me included. The BBC never reply, because they don't want the true number of search warrants (very, very few) to be made public knowledge.

Truth is they're pretty bad at detecting licence fee evaders. They're also pretty dishonest when it comes to prosecuting those they do catch.

Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

Sarah/Peter - Given that BBC contracts out its Licensing Enforcement/Administration operations to Capita rather than running them itself, has anyone tried making FOI requests to the various Magistrates Courts which actually issue the warrants?

Seems like this would by-pass both BBC and Capita, as the information requested would already be on the public record of the Court(s).

Likely that the applications for warrants would have been made by or on behalf of Capita. So wording something like this should work:

'Within the framework of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, how many applications for search warrants have been made to [insert name of Magistrates Court] by or on behalf of 'Capita' between the periods (a) to (b)?

Of all such applications, how many have been granted by the Court?

For clarity, 'Capita' is the Company Registered at Companies House under Co No [insert Company Number and/or Registered address]'.

Admittedly this method would take longer and involve more effort, but at least it would be more likely to generate the information - which could then be collated together for a total figure.

Downside obviously would be that the numbers would change annually and need re-checking.

Just a suggestion.

Becky

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Sarah Goldsmith left an annotation ()

I knew it! I lost the bet... my bet was Becky would chime in on the day I posted this. She was too slow and I'm down a fiver. Damn :(

Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

Sarah - But on the plus side, at least my suggestion could get you the information you wanted - and that's what WDTK is all about, isn't it?

Becky

I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Sarah Goldsmith left an annotation ()

WDTK is about certain businesses/agencies answering according to the FOIA, Becky.... I thought you knew. I researched it...........

Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

Sarah - Thanks for the clarification, explains a lot.

Becky

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Ms Goldsmith,

Please find attached the response to your request for information, reference RFI20120298.

Yours sincerely
Lisa Quarrell

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room 2252, White City
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TS, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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I am the agent for the fictional strawman that was created with the name Sarah Goldsmith left an annotation ()

"I can confirm under section 1(1) of the Act that the BBC holds information relating to the number of search warrants issued under the Communications Act 2003 on the basis of detection evidence. However, I am withholding this information under sections 31(1)(a),(b),(d) and (g) and (2)(a) of the Act which relate to law enforcement (specifically, on the grounds that disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention or detection of crime, the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, the collection of the licence fee and the BBC’s ability to discharge its public functions in respect of such matters). "

So.... that'll be 'NONE' then....?

Becky Bbear left an annotation ()

Sarah - Probably quite a few I would think.

Are you going to try the alternative approach I suggested?

Becky