TV Licensing Search Warrants - North Tyneside and Teesside Magistrates

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Dear Her Majesty’s Courts and the Tribunals Service,

I am making this request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This request only relates to information held by North Tyneside Magistrates' Court and Teesside Magistrates' Court since 1st January 2012.

Please provide me with the following information:

1. The number of search warrant applications made by employees of the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd in accordance with Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003.
2. Of those applications, the number granted or refused.
3. Of those applications granted, the number with information laid to the effect that detection/detector van evidence had been (allegedly) obtained by the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd.

In the event that HMCTS is unable to process this request for both of the courts mentioned, please give priority to providing a response for North Tyneside Magistrates' Court only.

HMCTS has previously released similar information (your ref: FOI/86722) so I trust will have no problem doing the same again, notwithstanding the BBC/TV Licensing's probable future attempts to deter/hamper your efforts.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Jones
Lead author of the TV Licensing Blog
http://tv-licensing.blogspot.co.uk

NE RSU FOI & DPA,

Freedom of Information Request
 
Dear Mr Jones,
 
Thank you for your email of 18th February 2015, in which you asked for the
following information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ):
 
This request only relates to information held by North Tyneside
Magistrates' Court and Teesside Magistrates' Court since 1st January 2012.

Please provide me with the following information:

1. The number of search warrant applications made by employees of the
BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd in accordance with Section
366 of the Communications Act 2003.
2. Of those applications, the number granted or refused.
3. Of those applications granted, the number with information laid to the
effect that detection/detector van evidence had been (allegedly) obtained
by the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd.

In the event that HMCTS is unable to process this request for both of the
courts mentioned, please give priority to providing a response for North
Tyneside Magistrates' Court only.
 
Your request has been passed to me because I have responsibility for
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(FOIA).
 
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within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request
for information by 18th March 2015
 
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contact me, quoting ref: FOI/96068 in all future correspondence.
 
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Yours sincerely
 
K Smith
 
K Smith
NE Region KILO
NE Delivery Directors Office,
Level 5 | Leeds Magistrates Court & Family Hearing Centre | PO Box 97 |
Westgate | Leeds | LS1 3JP | DX: 743892 Leeds (Westgate)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dear Mr Jones,
 
Please find herewith our reply to your Freedom of Information request
number 96068 in respect of search warrant applications under Section 366
of the Communications Act 2003.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 
K Smith
 
K Smith
NE Region KILO
NE Delivery Directors Office,
Level 5 | Leeds Magistrates Court & Family Hearing Centre | PO Box 97 |
Westgate | Leeds | LS1 3JP | DX: 743892 Leeds (Westgate)
Tel: 0113 2511200
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This e-mail (and any attachment) is intended only for the attention of
the addressee(s). Its unauthorised use, disclosure, storage or copying
is not permitted. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy
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Internet e-mail is not a secure medium. Any reply to this message
could be intercepted and read by someone else. Please bear that in
mind when deciding whether to send material in response to this message
by e-mail.

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monitored, recorded and retained by the Ministry of Justice. E-mail
monitoring / blocking software may be used, and e-mail content may be
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broken when composing or forwarding e-mails and their contents.

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