Registered Police Informants

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Lancashire Constabulary should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Lancashire Constabulary,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:

The number of active Lancashire Police Informants on the records over the last 5 years (by year)
How much money has been paid to Informants over the last 5 years.(by year)
Where does this money come from.
Who authorises how much money is given to any specific Informant.
What are the guidelines for providing protection to informants or reducing sentences.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act. In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Ponting

Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

If you are emailing a valid Freedom of Information request please treat
this as a formal acknowledgement.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, known hereafter as ‘the Act’. You should receive a
response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined in
the Act (from when Lancashire Constabulary receive a valid request).

 

Please note that disclosure is subject to the information not being exempt
or containing a reference to a third party.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all services it
provides are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If
you find the web-site or a document difficult to access please notify us
so that we can assist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

 

Regards,

 

Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413329

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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Dear Lancashire Constabulary,

I would like to point out that your replies are public and I do not authorise the publication of any of my personal data, which you have done in a number of previous freedom of information requests which have been reported to the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Ponting

Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

If you are emailing a valid Freedom of Information request please treat
this as a formal acknowledgement.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, known hereafter as ‘the Act’. You should receive a
response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined in
the Act (from when Lancashire Constabulary receive a valid request).

 

Please note that disclosure is subject to the information not being exempt
or containing a reference to a third party.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all services it
provides are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If
you find the web-site or a document difficult to access please notify us
so that we can assist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

 

Regards,

 

Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413329

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

Dear Mr Ponting,

Thank you for your email.

Please provide an email address / address for any future correspondence of this nature.

Regards,

Disclosure Tteam

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Dear Information assurance unit,

Please respond to my FOI address publically. No private data is requested nor required.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ponting

Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

If you are emailing a valid Freedom of Information request please treat
this as a formal acknowledgement.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, known hereafter as ‘the Act’. You should receive a
response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined in
the Act (from when Lancashire Constabulary receive a valid request).

 

Please note that disclosure is subject to the information not being exempt
or containing a reference to a third party.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all services it
provides are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If
you find the web-site or a document difficult to access please notify us
so that we can assist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

 

Regards,

 

Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413329

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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FOI, Lancashire Constabulary

Dear Mr Ponting,

 

Further to your recent Freedom of Information Request Ref: 238/19, please
be advised that a substantive response has been sent to your alternative
email address.

 

Regards,

 

 

Compliance Team - Data Protection Office

HQ - Legal Services

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413203

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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Dear FOI,

I have provided a full detailed appeal to the ICO about your repeated refusal to supply selective data. I have also explained to the ICO how you have repeatedly provided only selected information in an attempt to justify your refusal.

You have made claims of 'my complaints' I have made in the past but failed to state that the majority of my complaints against Lancashire police relate to circumstances that have been settled by Lancashire police for a substantial sum of money in an out of court settlement. This was well documented in the media, such as ITV for example. https://www.itv.com/news/granada/topic/p...

The Chief constable apologised for the despicable treatment against me from Lancashire police, yet you still infer that my complaints are in some way malicious in light of the actual facts!

I find it very malicious how you used public money to 'pay me off' after the malicious prosecution against me by Lancashire police and then try to use the related complaints about this settled action to try to block access to information I have requested by FOI.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Ponting

FOI, Lancashire Constabulary

If you are emailing a valid Freedom of Information request please treat
this as a formal acknowledgement.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, known hereafter as ‘the Act’. You should receive a
response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined in
the Act (from when Lancashire Constabulary receive a valid request).

 

Please note that disclosure is subject to the information not being exempt
or containing a reference to a third party.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all services it
provides are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If
you find the web-site or a document difficult to access please notify us
so that we can assist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

 

Regards,

 

Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413329

Email: [1][email address]

 

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Dear Lancashire Constabulary,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Lancashire Constabulary's handling of my FOI request 'Registered Police Informants'.

I have reported this refusal to the ICO who have logged it but they have asked me to first request an internal review.

You have refused to provide this information stating that it is vexatious. The ICO have previously advised me that

“It may also be helpful to explain that, section 14(1) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can only be applied to the request itself, not the individual who submitted it.”

As you have provided me with numerous responses to other FOI requests, it would go to say that you have refused this FOI request because it is from me, and that the FOI request itself is not vexatious. This would mean the request, made by anyone else should also be deemed vexatious.

For you to refuse this FOI, you must show that any other person making the same request would be refused on the same grounds. This I put you to strict proof.

You make reference to another person who has made the same FOI request and infer that this person is linked to me. This strengthens that it is being refused against the rules outlined above, i.e, based on the FOI originating from an individual and not that the FOI itself is vexatious.

I would say that this shows Lancashire police are determined to do anything to block ME access to this information that would be provided to any other person.

I have also noted that you incorrectly and intentionally make reference to a number of previous complaints I have made about Lancashire police. You are inferring this contributes to your allegation that my FOI is vexatious.

This is false and a manipulation of the true facts. The complaints referred to relate to the malicious prosecution against me by Lancashire police. This Malicious prosecution has been accepted and settled by Lancashire Police OUT OF COURT and for a significant sum of money. I also received a letter of apology from the Chief Constable for the treatment against me by Lancashire officers.

It is clear from the settlement that Lancashire police accept that the complaints have merit yet you infer that they are vexatious. and support your refusal.

From the above, the acceptance that Lancashire police maliciously prosecuted me and that I then made numerous complaints against Lancashire police would show, on balance, that it is Lancashire police that are in fact vexatious. I put you to strict proof of your allegation.

Your refusal to provide the information made absolutely NO reference to the settlement which is, on balance, intentionally hiding the facts. Facts that you are fully aware of.

Finally, you make reference to some articles written. While you may not like articles written in relation to FOI requests, this is normal and main stream media do it all the time, so why would it be different for me or anyone else?

If you recall, part of the malicious prosecution against me related to charges you brought against me for speaking openly about a confirmed police informant (PT). The settlement for the Malicious prosecution goes some way to show that Lancashire police prosecuted me (maliciously) for speaking openly about how this police informant was allowed to continue attacking me under the protection of Lancashire police. Only facts were presented. This is not a crime and was proven in Court where I was not only acquitted but Lancashire police were criticised by the court.

Evidence was presented from the Police Informant himself from his own industrial tribunal confirming he was a police informant. A recorded conversation with a police officer also confirming the individual was a police informant.

I am within my rights to request information under FOI laws and write articles relating to my past and treatment. This may not be liked by some but this is a protected right under freedom of speech. You cannot block access to FOI request as a means to control Freedom of Speech which I have quoted below for your convenience.

"Article 10 protects your right to hold your own opinions and to express them freely without government interference. This includes the right to express your views aloud (for example through public protest and demonstrations) or through:

published articles, books or leaflets
television or radio broadcasting
works of art
the internet and social media"

I am requesting the decision to be overturned as soon a possible otherwise this will be passed to the ICO.

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

Yours faithfully,

Paul Ponting

Information assurance unit, Lancashire Constabulary

If you are emailing a valid Freedom of Information request please treat
this as a formal acknowledgement.

 

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, known hereafter as ‘the Act’. You should receive a
response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined in
the Act (from when Lancashire Constabulary receive a valid request).

 

Please note that disclosure is subject to the information not being exempt
or containing a reference to a third party.

 

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

 

Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all services it
provides are accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If
you find the web-site or a document difficult to access please notify us
so that we can assist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Lancashire Constabulary.

 

Regards,

 

Compliance Team

Professional Standards Department

Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

 

Tel: 01772 413329

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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FOI, Lancashire Constabulary

Good Morning,

 

Your request for an Internal Review has been booked on under the reference
number 901/19. You should receive a response from us in due course.

 

Regards,

 

 

Data Protection Office

Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters

Tel: 01772 413203

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

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