Dear Merseyside Police,
On 21st November 2019 at 19:53. the corporate Merseyside Police Twitter account (@MerseyPolice) posted the below Tweet on the social media platform, Twitter:
"In the past 2 weeks we've conducted 45 land searches, seized 51 weapons, recovered 20 knives from stop searches & had 44 knives handed in! Thanks to everyone who has shared info with us. Carrying a knife is dangerous & unnecessary - don't do it! #OpTarget"
Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, could I ask for the below information to be provided in relation to the above tweet, specifically relating to the 'recovered 20 knives from stop searches':-
- The ages and sexes of the individuals from whom the 20 knives were seized.
- From the individuals who the knives were seized, how many were arrested?
- The current status of any investigations into those who knives were seized from
- The postcode (not specific but the post code area (L10, L11, L12, CH41 for example) in which the knife was seized during the stop search
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Dear Mr. Bartlett,
Response Letter - FOI Application DJ 2019 - 1464 MERPOL (please quote in
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by Merseyside Police. I note that you seek access to the following
(Paraphrased) Information in respect of knives found in police operation
and associated information.
Following receipt for your request searches were conducted within the
Merseyside Police to locate information relevant to your request. I can
confirm that the information that you requested is held by Merseyside
The searches located information relevant to your request which is shown
on the attached response table.
I have today been authorized by the Data Access Supervisor, the senior
decision maker in this case, to disclose the located information to you,
as attached. Please find attached above, the response table with
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