The number of recorded acid attacks and profile of perpetrators in the London Borough of Newham.

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am a Councillor in the London Borough of Newham, for the Plaistow North ward. I would like to know the number of recorded acid attacks in Newham between January 2016 to July 2017 in the London Borough of Newham. The profile (age, race, sex) of perpetrators and victims and how many incidents were recorded in the Plaistow area of Newham.

Yours faithfully,

Councillor James Beckles
Plaistow North
London Borough of Newham

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Councillor Beckles
Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001087
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 31/07/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:
"I am a Councillor in the London Borough of Newham, for the Plaistow North
ward.  I would like to know the number of recorded acid attacks in Newham
between January 2016 to July 2017 in the London Borough of Newham. The
profile (age, race, sex) of perpetrators and victims and how many
incidents were recorded in the Plaistow area of Newham."
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.  
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Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team
 
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I look forward to your response and the requested data.

Yours faithfully,

James Beckles

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'The number of recorded acid attacks and profile of perpetrators in the London Borough of Newham.'.

The Metropolitan Police Service are long overdue responding to my request which I was told would take 20 working days. If you were unable to respond to my request then it would have been helpful to know why as the MPS should have the necessary data.

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

Yours faithfully,

Councillor James Beckles
Plaistow North, London Borough of Newham

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Beckles,

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017100000072

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
relating to 2017070001087 which was received by the Metropolitan Police
Service (MPS) on 03/10/2017.  

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
responding to you with their findings.

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Internal Review.  However, the MPS aim to complete Internal Reviews within
20 working days or in exceptional cases, within 40 working days.  This is
based upon guidance published by the Information Commissioner.

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timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity.

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Yours sincerely,

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Dear Mr Beckles

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 2017100000072

Further to our earlier correspondence dated 03/10/2017, I am now able to
provide a response to your complaint concerning Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request reference number: 2017070001087.  

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. Delay in part has been caused by the high
volume of requests for information concerning corrosive substance
offences. We have received in excess of 40 requests.
Unfortunately, the information you requested when received from our data
analysts was found to contain errors. As a consequence, the data had to be
re-run. It is currently being quality assured and approved for disclosure.
I have asked the IM to complete your request as a matter of urgency and to
provide you with a 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

[Name]
Information Manager

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Dear Mr Beckles,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001087

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 31 July 2017. I apologise for the
delay in responding to your request and any inconvenience caused. I note
that you seek access to the following information:

"I would like to know the number of recorded acid attacks in Newham
between January 2016 to July 2017 in the London Borough of Newham. The
profile (age, race, sex) of perpetrators and victims and how many
incidents were recorded in the Plaistow area of Newham."

When a request for information is made under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the Act), a public authority must inform you, when permitted,
whether the information requested is held. It must then communicate that
information to you. If a public authority decides that it cannot comply
with all or part of a request, it must cite the appropriate section or
exemption of the Act and provide you with an explanation. It is important
to note that the Act is designed to place information into the public
domain, that is, once access to information is granted to one person under
the Act, it is then considered public information and must be communicated
to any individual should a request be received. Any information released
under the Act is also published upon the MPS website.

Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. These searches located the requested
information.

DECISION
I have disclosed the located information to you in part. Please find
attached information pursuant to your request above. The attached
spreadsheet provides the number of corrosive fluid offences recorded
across the MPS area inclusive of Newham borough, from 01 January 2002 to
31 August 2017. Further breakdowns by month and borough of offence as well
as the age, ethnicity and gender of the victims and suspects, have also
been provided. Case outcomes have also been disclosed.

Having considered your request for a breakdown of corrosive fluid offences
in the Plaistow area of Newham, I have found this level of detail to be
exempt under the personal data exemption of the Act. A full explanation,
inclusive of the exemptions claimed under the Act, has been provided in
the section titled 'Legal Annex' below.

CONTEXT
We are delivering a London wide plan that links with the Home Office and
NPCC strategies to tackle the increase in corrosive attacks. The Home
Office is currently developing a set of voluntary commitments for
individual retailers to restrict access to acid and other harmful
corrosive products.

We recognise the lasting impact on victims of corrosive attacks, and are
improving our response through training, investment and joint working.

We have been guided by the NHS, and the key treatment for these injuries
is to flush the injury with lots of water. So some response cars are now
equipped with 5L bottles, with a full role out to follow in the coming
weeks. We are also looking at a kit which would be available to every
borough and as well as water would also include protective eyewear and
gauntlets. We are also including a separate input into officers' first aid
training.

LFB obviously have gallons of water available to them so we have now
introduced a procedure whereby when an incident is flagged as an "acid
attack" it will also be flagged to the LFB.

We would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to
report it to police, and we appeal to parents, relatives and professionals
to assist us in identifying and challenging those who carry or seek to
carry noxious substances in public without a lawful excuse.

If someone is in fear of being attacked with acid, or knows someone who is
going to use it, they need to report it to police or confidentially
through Crimestoppers and it will be actioned and you will be fully
supported.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS
This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to thank
you for your interest in the MPS.

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
or contact Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 161 6510 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird

LEGAL ANNEX

Exemptions Claimed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Section 1(1)(a) of the Act provides:

"(1) Any person making a request for information to a public authority is
entitled -

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request"

Section 1(1)(b) of the Act provides:

"(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him."

Section 17(1) of the Act provides:

"(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision of Part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which -

(a) states that fact,
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies."

Section 40(2)(a)(b) and Section 40(3)(a)(i) of the Act provides:

"(1) Any information to which a request for information relates is exempt
information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the
data subject.

(2) Any information to which a request for information relates is also
exempt information if-
(a) it constitutes personal data which do not fall within subsection (1),
and
(b) either the first or the second condition below is satisfied.

(3) The first condition is-
(a) in a case where the information falls within any of paragraphs (a) to
(d) of the definition of "data" in section 1(1) of the Data Protection Act
1998, that the disclosure of the information to a member of the public
otherwise than under this Act would contravene -
(i)any of the data protection principles"
Explanation of Exemptions Claimed

Section 40 (2) & (3) - Personal Information: Absolute Exemption/Class
Based
Section 40(2)(a)(b) of the Act provides that any information to which a
request for information relates, is exempt information if the first
condition of Section 40(3)(a)(i) is satisfied. The first condition of
Section 40(3)(a)(i) states that information is exempt if its disclosure
would contravene any of the data protection principles.

The eight principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) govern the way
in which data controllers must manage personal information. Principle one
of the DPA provides that personal data must be processed fairly and
lawfully. In view of this requirement, I have not provided a breakdown of
corrosive fluid offences in the Plaistow area of Newham. This is
classified as ward level data by the MPS. I consider that the release of
this level of detail would present an unreasonable risk of victim/suspect
identification. Victim/suspect identification could occur as a small
number of offences of this specific nature typically occur on any given
borough ward. A comparison of ward level data with the data published by
the MPS which includes the number of corrosive fluid offences inclusive of
month and borough of offence, as well as the age, ethnicity and gender of
the victims / suspects, could allow a person with local knowledge, to
identify those involved in an incident. Given that the MPS has published
the outcomes of corrosive fluid offences alongside the data described
above, the release of borough ward level of data could allow the outcome
of an identifiable person's criminal case (i.e. victim or suspect) to be
established. I consider that the release of any information that may
identify any of victims or suspects, would be unfair and constitute unfair
processing of personal data under principle one of the DPA. In reaching my
decision, I have given due regard to Condition one and six of Schedule 2
of the DPA. Condition one of the DPA requires that consideration is given
to whether consent for disclosure has been given whilst Condition six
requires that consideration is given to whether disclosure would
constitute legitimate processing of that data. I have found that as no
prior consent has been given to release this information and in the case
of legitimate processing, the release of this personal data would be
unexpected and subsequently unfair, that it is appropriate not to release
this information.

The provision to refuse access to information under Section 40(2)(a)(b)
and (3)(a)(i) of the Act is both absolute and class based. When this
exemption is claimed, it is accepted that harm would result from
disclosure. There is accordingly no requirement to demonstrate what that
harm may be in refusing access to information.
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.
 
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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
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The Information Commissioner
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the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
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Dear Mr Beckles,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001087

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences
recorded within the MPS district. Within the spreadsheet provided to you,
there is a category titled ‘violent offences’. It should be noted that
this category, whilst capturing offences that have included some form of
violence, does not solely include offences that have involved the use of a
corrosive substance. For example, an assault takes place in which there is
the threat to use a corrosive substance. However, a corrosive substance
may not necessarily have been present. This offence would be captured
within the figures provided. I trust that this clarifies the figures.
Should you have any further questions, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

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Dear Mr Beckles,

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences.

 

The MPS has recently reviewed the recording and extraction of offences in
this area and as a result, has amended the dataset provided to you. Please
find an amended spreadsheet attached to this email. You will note that the
figures now reflect noxious/corrosive attacks against the person (commonly
known as acid attacks). These offences are captured within the category
titled ‘violent offences’. I trust that this information will be of use of
you.

 

Should you have any further questions, please contact me in writing or on
telephone number 0207 161 6510.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

From: Baird Damion - HQ Strategy & Governance
Sent: 10 November 2017 10:50
To: '[FOI #422050 email]'
<[FOI #422050 email]>
Subject: MPS FOIA - 2017070001087

 

Dear Mr Beckles,

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017070001087

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry that concerns corrosive fluid offences
recorded within the MPS district. Within the spreadsheet provided to you,
there is a category titled ‘violent offences’. It should be noted that
this category, whilst capturing offences that have included some form of
violence, does not solely include offences that have involved the use of a
corrosive substance. For example, an assault takes place in which there is
the threat to use a corrosive substance. However, a corrosive substance
may not necessarily have been present. This offence would be captured
within the figures provided. I trust that this clarifies the figures.
Should you have any further questions, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Damion Baird

 

 

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