Residential squatting in council property

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Dear Tower Hamlets Borough Council,

This request concerns squatting in residential buildings (a criminal offence under Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012).
I would like to know the below information for the period from when the offence became law in September 2012 to the present:
1a) The number of times you have found people squatting in residential buildings you own or control?
1b) I would like the date for each of these events and the full postcode (so it does not identify the exact building but gives the small area so I can see if a particular area is being targeted).

2) The action taken:
2a) I would like to know for each event whether the police were called?
2b) And if they were, how many arrests were made? And, if recorded, what for?
2c) Was there a following criminal court case, and if so what for? Against how many people? And what was the outcome? (As if there was, you would most likely have to attend as a witness to the trespassing or submit evidence and so could potentially record this information).
2d) Was civil court action taken to remove the trespassers? If so was an IPO used? Were high court bailiffs booked? How much was spent on the hire of bailiffs?

3) Could I have any internal written communications or documents made about events of residential squatting in council property? OR guidance to dealing with residential squatting in council property?

Yours faithfully,

Flo Night

DorothyE McFarlane, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

Information request
Our reference: 4719765

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Dear Ms Night
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 13 May
2016  requesting:

This request concerns squatting in residential buildings (a criminal
offence under Section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of
Offenders Act 2012).

I would like to know the below information for the period from when the
offence became law in September 2012 to the present:

1a) The number of times you have found people squatting in residential
buildings you own or control?

1b) I would like the date for each of these events and the full postcode
(so it does not identify the exact building but gives the small area so I
can see if a particular area is being targeted).

2) The action taken:

2a) I would like to know for each event whether the police were called?

2b) And if they were, how many arrests were made? And, if recorded, what
for?

2c) Was there a following criminal court case, and if so what for? Against
how many people? And what was the outcome? (As if there was, you would
most likely have to attend as a witness to the trespassing or submit
evidence and so could potentially record this information).

2d) Was civil court action taken to remove the trespassers? If so was an
IPO used? Were high court bailiffs booked? How much was spent on the hire
of bailiffs?

3) Could I have any internal written communications or documents made
about events of residential squatting in council property? OR guidance to
dealing with residential squatting in council property?
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000  and we aim to send a response by 13 June 2016.
 
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requested for any other reason together with the reason(s) why and details
of how you may appeal (if appropriate).
 
Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

Jane Jones, Tower Hamlets Borough Council

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Information request
Our reference: 4719765

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Dear Ms Night
 
Your request for information has been considered under the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
 
Please find attached our response to your request.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:
 
Complaints and Information
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG
icw[Tower Hamlets Borough Council request email] 
 

If you are still dissatisfied with the Council’s response after the
internal review you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner
at:
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 01625 545 700
Website: www.ico.gov.uk 

Yours sincerely
 
 
Jane Jones
Admin Officer
Legal Services
020 7364 4736
[email address]
 
NOTE: Please do not edit the subject line when replying to this email.

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