Private Hire Sexual Assaults

The request was successful.

Danny Henderson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Can you please provide me with the figures for the following incidents that have occurred in London for the last calendar year Feb 2016 - Feb 2017

Reported sexual assaults of all nature by private hire drivers working for the operator uber or that have had the operator uber stated as part of the witness statement

Yours faithfully,

Danny Henderson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000271

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/04/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Can you please provide me with the figures for the following incidents
that have occurred in London for the last calendar year Feb 2016 - Feb
2017

Reported sexual assaults of all nature by private hire drivers working for
the operator uber or that have had the operator uber stated as part of the
witness statement "

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Danny Henderson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am still waiting for a response to my foi request Ref 2017040000271.

By law responses should be prompt and within 20 working days.

Yours faithfully,

Danny Henderson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Henderson,

Thank you for your e-mail. I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to provide you with a response within the 20 working day timeframe. I can confirm that the person dealing with your request is Catherine Carrington.

Catherine - I would be grateful if you could please provide Mr Henderson with an update on his request. Thank you.

With kind regards,

Roz.

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Danny Henderson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I received a reply from you a week ago apologising for the delay in answering my foi request and was advised that Catherine Carrington was dealing with my request. I have still not received my information or been contacted by Catherine to update the situation

Yours faithfully,

Danny Henderson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000271

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/04/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Can you please provide me with the figures for the following incidents
that have occurred in London for the last calendar year Feb 2016 - Feb
2017 Reported sexual assaults of all nature by private hire drivers
working for the operator uber or that have had the operator uber stated as
part of the witness statement .

A response has been drafted but is still in the Approval Stage.

I hope to have the response approved, and sent to you shortly.

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
Privacy Advisor
Freedom of Information
Information Rights Unit (IRU)
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
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Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
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Danny Henderson

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

The response to my request is long overdue, should of been supplied by 10th May 2017. By law, under all circumstances, the authority should have responded by now

Yours faithfully,

Danny Henderson

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017060000431

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to  2017040000271 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on  09/06/2017.  

A review will now be conducted in accordance with the Code of Practice
issued under Section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).
 The reviewing officer will reconsider the original request before
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Cheshire
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Phone:  0303 123 1113

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000271
I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/04/2017.  I note
you seek access to the following information:
Can you please provide me with the figures for the following incidents
that have occurred in London for the last calendar year Feb 2016 - Feb
2017 Reported sexual assaults of all nature by private hire drivers
working for the operator uber or that have had the operator uber stated as
part of the witness statement .
Unfortunately, your response is still in the Approval Stage.
I hope to have the response approved, and sent as soon as possible.
I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.
Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
Privacy Advisor
Freedom of Information
Information Rights Unit (IRU)
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS
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decision is incorrect?
You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.
Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  
Complaint
If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.
Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:
FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]
In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner
After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.
For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
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phone:
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
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Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017060000431

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 12/06/2017 I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request reference number: 2017040000271.  

Section 10(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 states:

'Subject to subsections (2) and (3), a public authority must comply with
section 1(1) promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth
working day following the date of receipt.'

In the circumstances of your request, neither the information requested
nor a refusal notice was provided to you within 20 working days.
Therefore, the MPS have not complied with the requirements of section 10
of the Act.

I have made enquiries with the Information Manager (IM) with
responsibility for your request. A response is currently being drafted and
will be circulated to the business area concerned for quality assurance
purposes. The IM has advised that they anticipate that you should receive
a response within the next few days.

I have asked the IM to conclude your request as a matter of urgency and to
provide you with the response as soon as possible.

As a response to your request is currently outstanding, I am unable to
complete a full internal review in relation to your request. However,
should you be dissatisfied with the MPS response to your request, you may
request an internal review in relation to the decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of the MPS
for any inconvenience caused by the time taken to respond to your Freedom
of Information Act request. The progress of your request will continue to
be monitored and the issues you have raised have been recorded, enabling
us to provide a more efficient and effective service in the future.

Yours sincerely

Yvette Taylor
Information Manager

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Henderson

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017040000271

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 07/04/2017.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

Can you please provide me with the figures for the following incidents
that have occurred in London for the last calendar year Feb 2016 - Feb
2017
Reported sexual assaults of all nature by private hire drivers working for
the operator uber or that have had the operator uber stated as part of the
witness statement .

SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
within the MPS.

The searches located information relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

There have been 48 offences in the period (1 February 2016 - 28 February
2017) where Uber was referenced in a crime report for a Taxi and Private
Hire journey-related sexual offence in London.

Please note the following:
-       Taxi and Private Hire journey-related sexual offences include
crimes where a driver is alleged to have committed a sexual assault
against a fare paying passenger.
-       The information disclosed as part of this FOI is based on
information where an alleged Uber driver was named as a suspect in an
offence at one point in the investigation or there was reference to Uber
in the crime report. Not all suspects would have been charged with an
offence. They may not have been identified, have been eliminated from the
investigation (for example, the victim booked an Uber journey but got in
another vehicle) or there was insufficient evidence to charge them.
-       The information has not been verified against the TfL licensing
database to determine whether the driver was licensed at the time of the
offence, or whether the journey was booked through Uber.  Therefore this
information should not be taken as confirmation that the alleged incident
took place as part of a journey booked via the private hire operator Uber.
-       'Uber' is increasingly being used as a term by the public to refer
to minicabs and therefore the figures may include drivers that do not work
for Uber but the victim used this description in their report.
-       These figures are for the totals for London and will cover every
London Borough where an offence has taken place.
-       The MPS and TfL publish official figures for TPH journey-related
sexual offences against a fare-paying passenger in London at
https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/safety-and-....
The figures include the total number of TPH journey-related sexual
offences as well as the total number of drivers charged with or summonsed
to court for a TPH-related sexual offence which are based on police data
and verified against TfL's Taxi and Private Hire Licensing database. For
these offences, the profile of the driver and the journey were known and
verified, and the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have determined
that there was sufficient evidence to charge the driver and for the case
to go before the Court. The official figures are updated and published
annually.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me via email at [email address], quoting the reference
number above.

Yours sincerely

Catherine Carrington
Privacy Advisor
Freedom of Information
Information Rights Unit (IRU)
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
PO Box 57192
London SW6 1SF

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law.  Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 10 Lambs Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3NR.
 
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.

The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
phone:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 0303 123 1113

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
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email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
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any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
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Mr Carnihan left an annotation ()

It would be good to have the figures for Black Cabs and private hire cabs (non Uber) too. Then we could compare them and get a wider perspective and sense of proportion and in which type of taxi most incedents are occurring.

Thanks.

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