Release of confidential child abuse interviews on the internet

Jane Webb made this Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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The request was refused by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Why were confidential police interview tapes released into the public domain, of two young children being interviewed regarding alleged sexual abuse and murder. The interviewing officer indeed was a MET officer. I can provide his name if and when required.

The case is question is referred to in this public court document:
https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/...

Who was responsible for the release of these confidential tapes into the public domain and indeed has there been disciplinary proceedings/investigation relating to the tapes release?

Yours faithfully,

Jane Webb

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms Webb

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2015060000864
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/06/2015.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

Why were confidential police interview tapes released into the public
domain, of two young children being interviewed regarding alleged sexual
abuse and murder.
The interviewing officer indeed was a MET officer.  I can provide his name
if and when required.
The case is question is referred to in this public court document:
https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/...
Who was responsible for the release of these confidential tapes into the
public domain and indeed has there been disciplinary
proceedings/investigation relating to the tapes release?

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms Webb

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:2015060000864

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 10/06/2015.

Why were confidential police interview tapes released into the public
domain, of two young children being interviewed regarding alleged sexual
abuse and murder.
The interviewing officer indeed was a MET officer.  I can provide his name
if and when required.
The case is question is referred to in this public court document:
https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/...
Who was responsible for the release of these confidential tapes into the
public domain and indeed has there been disciplinary
proceedings/investigation relating to the tapes release?

DECISION

I have decided to refuse access to the information you have requested
under the provisions of Section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act).

REASON FOR DECISION
Section 8 of the Act provides:
(1)         In this Act any reference to a "request for information" is a
reference to such a request which-
(a) is in writing,
(b) states the name of the applicant and an address for correspondence,
and
(c) describes the information requested.
(2)        For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), a request is to be
treated as made in writing where the text of the request-
(a) is transmitted by electronic means,
(b) is received in legible form, and
(c) is capable of being used for subsequent reference.
A request under the Act is required by statute to be legible and capable
of being used for subsequent reference. After careful consideration, I
have decided that your request does not meet this requirement as I am
unable to ascertain what information you have requested, as defined by
Section 8 (2)(c).
To enable us to meet your request could you please resubmit your
application in accordance with the above requirements. If for any reason
you are unable to do so, please contact me for assistance or seek
assistance from any other available source.
We will consider your resubmitted request upon receipt as long as it meets
the requirements stated above. You will receive the information requested
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights which explains how to make a complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please email
me, quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Paul O'Shea
Information Manager
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
Public Access Office
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, phone or
write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 745

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
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

 

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Twitter: @metpoliceuk