Policing of Gillingham Fulham Game 1998

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Dear Kent Police,

Please can you release any documents, minutes or other evidence you hold which relate to the police operation for the Association Football match between Gillingham Town FC and Fulham FC, 28 March 1998.
If Kent police later conducted a review of there policing
operations for this date can they release all available documents. If the reports hold information which breach the Data Protection Act I would appreciate it if you could please redact the relevant details (for instance specific police officers names)and provide a justification in your cover letter.
If Kent Police holds any other documents relevant to
this date, perhaps letters communicating with the then Justice Secretary or commendation and disciplinary records for officers involved, can they please release these as well

Yours faithfully,

Harry Raffal

Freedom of Information Freedom of Information,

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Dear Mr Raffel,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST 838-2011

Thank you for your request received by Kent Police on the 9th February
2011, I note you seek access, in summary, to the following information:

Information regarding the Association Football match between Gillingham
Town FC and Fulham FC on 28 March 1998.

As stated within the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we will endeavour to
provide a response promptly and in any event within the statutory
twenty day deadline, the twentieth working day being the 9th March 2011.

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 me on telephone number 01622 654429 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Data Protection Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

E-mail: [Kent Police request email]
Tel: +44 (0)1622 654429/654413
Fax: +44 (0)1622 654437
Internal: 19-4429/4413

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Dear Mr Raffell,

Please find attached the Kent Police response to your request reference
838-2011.

Kind regards,

Julia Potten

Freedom of Information Team
Information Compliance Unit
Kent Police
Force HQ
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ

E-mail: [Kent Police request email]
Tel: +44 (0)1622 654429/654413
Fax: +44 (0)1622 654437
Internal: 19-4429/4413

Dear Kent Police,

Thank you for your recent message. I entirely understand if the recovery cost is prohibitive for those documents in storage. I would appreciate it if you could provide all documents that you currently able to.
I would also be grateful if you could inform me the cost per box of recovering items from deep storage, as I'm sure you're aware the freedom of information act (2000) does not state that a public authority can refuse a request if the cost exceeds 18 hours, a figure set at £450, but rather they may refuse if the applicant is unwilling to meet the additional costs.

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

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Dear Mr Raffal,

Thank you for your email dated 9 March 2011. I regret that in our response
to your request, we were mistaken when we stated that there was a charge
to be incurred for each box retrieved from deep storage. I believed this
was the case and advised my staff who dealt with your request accordingly.
This was my mistake for which I apologize.

There is a charge incurred for each occasion that boxes are retrieved from
deep storage, not for each box. It follows therefore that we incorrectly
applied the s.12 exemption to your request. It also follows that we are
still required to deal with your request and that we have failed to do so
within the statutory time limit for which, again, I apologize.

There were 2 major operations connected with the football match in
question. One was a murder investigation and the other was an
investigation into incidents of public disorder during the match. Each
operation generated thousands of documents.

You will be aware that the Act grants the public a right to information
rather than to documents. While it is true that information held in
documents is usually communicated by disclosure of the documents (redacted
if necessary), the Act does not oblige us to disclose all documents.
Therefore, please specify what information your require in order to assist
us in progressing your request.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of this request, please supply a
telephone number to enable me to speak to you directly. Alternatively
please ask to speak to me via our switchboard number 01622 690690.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Giovanni Cacciacarro
Freedom of Information Advisor
Legal Services Department
Kent Police Headquarters
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ
[1][email address]
Tel: 01622 652668

>>> Freedom of Information 10/03/2011 14:48 >>>

>>> Harry Raffal <[FOI #61586 email]> 09/03/2011
15:52 >>>
Dear Kent Police,

Thank you for your recent message. I entirely understand if the
recovery cost is prohibitive for those documents in storage. I
would appreciate it if you could provide all documents that you
currently able to.
I would also be grateful if you could inform me the cost per box of
recovering items from deep storage, as I'm sure you're aware the
freedom of information act (2000) does not state that a public
authority can refuse a request if the cost exceeds 18 hours, a
figure set at £450, but rather they may refuse if the applicant is
unwilling to meet the additional costs.

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

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Dear Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

Thank you for your recent message. I am specifically interested in Kent polices analysis of how they feel this incident occurred, whether it could have been prevented by an alternative police strategy and whether any future guidelines for operations at Gillingham football clubs was produced.
My request is generally focused on the police operations surrounding the match.
If the then Justice Secretary was informed of the event by Kent Police or made enquiries which were responded to I would appreciate it if you could provide me with these details where possible.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

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Dear Mr Raffal,

Please find attached our response to your request.

Regards,

Mr Giovanni Cacciacarro
Freedom of Information Advisor
Legal Services Department
Kent Police Headquarters
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ
[1][email address]
Tel: 01622 652668

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Dear Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

Thank you for the information you have provided. In the report you attached it noted that the match commander made two 999 requests for ambulance support. Does Kent Police hold any further information in regards to this? If it does but the cost would exceed the limit can you provide the title of the document if possible.

In regards to correspondence to the then justice secretary you state that you cant identify any information. Is it possible to confirm whether Kent Police hold any letters or reports sent to the Home Office in regards to this incident? If providing the information would exceed the cost limit then can you merely confirm whether or not such information exists.

Thank you again and please pass on my appreciation for all your hard work to any other individuals involved.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

Dear Mr Raffal,

Kent Police holds no further information regarding requests for ambulance
support. The ambulance service may hold relevant information, however, I
suspect they too may no longr hold such historical information.

As for correspondence with the then Justice Secretary, no information is
held as stated in our response.

Regards,

Mr Giovanni Cacciacarro
Freedom of Information Advisor
Legal Services Department
Kent Police Headquarters
Sutton Road
Maidstone
Kent ME15 9BZ
[1][email address]
Tel: 01622 652668

>>> Harry Raffal <[FOI #61586 email]> 27/03/2011
14:30 >>>
Dear Giovanni CACCIACARRO PSE 57427,

Thank you for the information you have provided. In the report you
attached it noted that the match commander made two 999 requests
for ambulance support. Does Kent Police hold any further
information in regards to this? If it does but the cost would
exceed the limit can you provide the title of the document if
possible.

In regards to correspondence to the then justice secretary you
state that you cant identify any information. Is it possible to
confirm whether Kent Police hold any letters or reports sent to the
Home Office in regards to this incident? If providing the
information would exceed the cost limit then can you merely confirm
whether or not such information exists.

Thank you again and please pass on my appreciation for all your
hard work to any other individuals involved.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Raffal

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