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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

The Daily Telegraph reported that a police officer attended the Scream Gallery in London and ordered them to take down a photograph that was on display.

I would like to request any recorded information about this case that would demonstrate the following:

Whether the story is correct - i.e. whether a police officer did order the gallery owner to remove the image from public view?

Whether any member of the public had made a complaint to the Metropolitan Police Service about the photo?

If not, why did the officers attend the gallery?

What powers the police officer used in order to demand that the image be removed?

I would also like any guidance issued by Met Police to their officers on art or photography.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Turner

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Turner

Note; There has been a delay sending your acknoledegment letter out, this
is because we have had some computer problems in our office.

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: #PDEA-8TWEQ6#

I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 29/04/2012.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

"Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

   The Daily Telegraph reported that a police officer attended the

 Scream Gallery in London and ordered them to take down a photograph

 that was on display.

 

 I would like to request any recorded information about this case

 that would demonstrate the following:

   Whether the story is correct - i.e. whether a police officer did

 order the gallery owner to remove the image from public view?

   Whether any member of the public had made a complaint to the

  Metropolitan Police Service about the photo?

  If not, why did the officers attend the gallery?

   What powers the police officer used in order to demand that the image
be removed?

  I would also like any guidance issued by Met Police to their

 officers on art or photography.

"

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act).  You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
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Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Peter Deja on telephone number 02071613640 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Policy and Support Officer

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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr. Turner  

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2012050000149

I write in connection with your following request for information which
was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 29/04/2012:

"The Daily Telegraph reported that a police officer attended the Scream
Gallery in London and ordered them to take down a photograph that was on
display.  I would like to request any recorded information about this case
that would demonstrate the following:        

 1. Whether the story is correct - i.e. whether a police officer did order
the gallery owner to remove the image from public view?        
Whether any member of the public had made a complaint to the
Metropolitan Police Service about the photo?        
 2. If not, why did the officers attend the gallery?        
 3. What powers the police officer used in order to demand that the image
be removed?        
 4. I would also like any guidance issued by Met Police to their officers
on art or photography. "

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were
conducted at Westminster and Harrow Borough Operational Command Units,
Specialist Crime and Operations, the Directorate of Media and
Communications.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches failed to locate information relevant to your request.

I can confirm that no information has been located in relation to your
questions.  Searches were conducted by both Westminster and Harrow
BOCUs, and the Specialist Crime and Operations OCU.  Further checks
were conducted on the CRIS system (used to record crime reports) and
the CrimintPlus system (used to log intelligence).  Final checks were
made with the Directorate of Media and Communication, who also
confirmed that they held no relevant information.  Therefore, the
information that you have requested is not held by the MPS.

In response to question 5, the Specialist Crime and Operations OCU
confirmed that, whilst no formal training / guidance is issued to
officers in relation to art and photography, there is legislation
which is followed in relation to the Obscene Publications Act and
there are officers within the Abusive and Extreme Images Unit unit who
can provide advice to officers on this subject matter if they require
it.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right
of complaint.

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

Yours sincerely

S. Stroud
FOIA Quality and Assurance Advisor
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, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New
Scotland Yard, Victoria, London, SW1H 0BG.
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 and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your
request.  

Ask to have the decision looked at again –

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is
to telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your
decision letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues
and assist with any problems.

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.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.  Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone:  01625 545 700

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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NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
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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
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authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
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