Dear North Yorkshire Police (NYP),

In an article published on 20th April, 2011 the following statement was provided to the newspaper by NYP:

~ North Yorkshire Police said it would carry out a review to see where lessons could be learned after Garbutt’s defence team likened its investigation to a “comedy of errors” ~

Please disclose the following information by way of the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Who commissioned the review?

2. What operational name was assigned to the review?

3. What was the name and rank (or style) of the officer who undertook the review?

4. For which organisation did the reviewer work at the time the review was commissioned (eg HMIC, Peer review by another police force, independent bar, academic).

5. On what date did the review commence?

6. On what date did the review complete.

7. What is the date stamp on the report of the review.

8. To whom was it published.

9. A copy of the Executive Summary and/or key recommendations.

10. The cost of the review.

The newspaper article can be viewed at this weblink:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/cri...

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Dear North Yorkshire Police,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of North Yorkshire Police's handling of my FOI request 'Operation Nardoo'.

The grounds for complaint are:

1. Breach of section 10 of the Act.

2. Breach of section 17 of the Act.

3. Breach of section 77 of the Act.

4. Continuation of course of conduct to vex, annoy, harass a journalist pursuing his vocation.

5. Disclosure of all internal, external communications, meeting notes, briefing notes relating to the finalisation of this request. Applicable dates: 30th March, 2020 until 14th September, 2020.

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

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby

Facebook: NeilWilbyMedia

Web: neilwilby.com

Civil Disclosure, North Yorkshire Police

Good morning Mr Wilby,

Your request has been logged as an internal review into FOI 1154.2019-20. Please accept this email as an acknowledgement. Your request will now be processed by the Civil Disclosure Unit.

Kind regards,
Sarah

Sarah Dinsdale
Collar Number 4430
Administration Assistant
Civil Disclosure
Joint Corporate Legal Services
North Yorkshire Police HQ
Alverton Court
Crosby Road
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 1BF

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Williams, Caroline, North Yorkshire Police

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Dear Mr Wilby,

On behalf of Mr Bates, please find attached a reply to your Freedom of Information request.

Regards

Caroline Williams
Legal Officer (Civil Disclosure)
T/Team Leader
North Yorkshire Police
Collar Number 5982
Committed to the Code of Ethics

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DX 68810 Northallerton 2

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

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Dear North Yorkshire Police,

Please treat this communication as a request for internal review:

1. It is well rehearsed in the public domain that a recurrent feature of information requests made by me, over the past six years, has been responses from NYP that are not entirely honest (I'm being generous). It has happened far too many times for it to be a series of errors or accidents.

2. It is my genuinely held belief that the response provided in the instant request is falsely. Ergo, no review (or debrief) actually took place at all and this finalisation is an artifice to cover up the fact that catastrophic failings in a high profile murder case, the repercussions from which are still being felt today (read more at http://neilwilby.com/2020/04/04/that-par...) by way of a third application to the Criminal Case Review Commission by the convicted killer, were never properly challenged, understood or learned from.

3. It is utterly inconceivable that the Senior Investigating Officer in the shambolic murder investigation, described as "a comedy of errors" by defence counsel at trial, should select himself to review his own work and spend at most one police shift on it.

4. It is similarly inconceivable that a review of this gravity was not allocated an operational code name. Particularly set against the knowledge that an investigation, of that same era, into allegations of harassment without violence (with no arrests) was given the full operational treatment including the codename 'Rome'.

5. At almost every single stage of almost every request I made concerning Operation Rome there was some form of deceit or other, of varying gravity, practiced by NYP. Or a breach of the Act in one form or another. That is well rehearsed in my submissions to the Upper Tier Tribunal concerning a permission to appeal which, of course, is still extant.

6. There is good reason to suspect that Nardoo will become another Rome. It is already conceded by NYP that no review (or debrief) of Rome ever took place despite that investigation also failing catastrophically in the same era and costing on NYP's own admission almost £500,000.

7. This request, which must have taken the business area and disclosure officer less than 30 minutes to finalise, was made over 6 months ago and has required the intervention of the Information Commissioner's Office for you to provide any response at all. There is an old saying amongst investigative journalists: The longer it takes to respond to a question, the less likely the answer is the truth.

7. NYP do not say in the finalisation if an Executive Summary exists or otherwise. The presumption is it does not. If it does, then the exemption relied upon for refusing to disclose cannot sustain. The internal review is requested to make that point clear.

8. NYP do not identify any partner agencies involved in the review that might give your finalisation some semblance of credibility. Please treat disclosure of the names of those partner agencies and the names of the officers attending should they be of a rank a civil service grade above which a section 40(2) would not apply. Please also supply the location at which the review (or debrief) took place and the agenda for it or notice, announcement that it was taking place.

9. The section 12 exemption cannot possibly apply in refusing to provide the cost of the review (or debrief), if it took place at all. To calculate the total number of officer hours spent working for just one police shift at the very most and, perhaps, an hour or so the following day to write up a report is not going to take a disclosure officer or the business area 18 hours between them.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby

Civil Disclosure, North Yorkshire Police

Dear Mr Wilby,

Thank you for your email below.

Your internal review request has been logged under reference IR 1335.2019-20.

Regards

Caroline Williams
Legal Officer (Civil Disclosure)
T/Team Leader
North Yorkshire Police
Collar Number 5982
Committed to the Code of Ethics

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DX 68810 Northallerton 2

Dial 101, press option 2 and ask for me by my full name or collar number. If using my collar number, please state each number individually.

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Dear Civil Disclosure,

Thank you, I'm grateful.

In addition, and I accept this will be a new request, could you please disclose (i) how many pages comprise Supt Raw's report and (ii) of that, how many pages comprise the executive summary? Also, (iii) how many NYP officers attended the debrief and (iv) how many CPS lawyers attanded the de-brief. Finally, (v) please disclose all internal corresppondence relating to this request where Jane Wintermeyer is sender or recipient, Xanthe Tait is sender or recipient, Lisa Winward is sender or recipient. The relevant dates are 30th March, 2020 until 7th October, 2020. Thank you.

For the wider benefit of WhatDoTheyKnow users and readers, I have published a short article that charts the progress of this request and its wider implications:

https://neilwilby.com/2020/10/06/a-comed...

Yours sincerely,

Neil Wilby

Ward, Katie (Lawyer), North Yorkshire Police

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Good afternoon

Please see attached response to your internal review.

Kind Regards

Katie Ward
Collar Number 3820
Police Lawyer (Civil Disclosure) North Yorkshire Police
Evolve Legal Services

Joint Corporate Legal Services, North Yorkshire Police HQ, Alverton Court, Crosby Road, Northallerton DL6 1BF
DX 68810 Northallerton 2

Civil Disclosure Direct Dial: 01609 643526

www.northyorkshire.police.uk

Committed to the Code of Ethics

Evolve Legal Services is a collaboration delivering professional services on behalf of the Chief Constables and elected Commissioners of Cleveland Police, Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police.

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