Unsolved Murders

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Dear Essex Police,

Please could you provide me with a list of unsolved murders which have taken place within the force area up to the 31/12/2012.
Please include for each case;
1. the name of the victim
2. the victims age
3. the date of offence
4. the location of offence
5. a brief description of the offence
6. Whether any arrests have ever been made in connection with the offence

I Look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Jones

Data FOI Essex,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

 

Before we start work on this however can you clarify the timeframe
captured by your request? Do you mean unsolved murders as at 31/12/2012
i.e. the position just over 4 years ago, and therefore nothing since then
even if the murder has subsequently been solved? What date are you asking
to go back to i.e. murders since 2010, we do need to have a timeframe
which is captured by the request.

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Dear Data FOI Essex,

Murders that remain unsolved today, that occurred during the period 01/01/73-31/12/2012.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Jones

Kerry Nicholson 42006441,

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Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference.

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities. Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
Sec1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held. The second duty at Sec1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held. Where exemptions are relied upon
s17 of FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a notice which: a)
states that fact b) specifies the exemption(s) in question and c) states
(if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

In respect of your enquiry:

Please could you provide me with a list of unsolved murders which have
taken place within the force area up to the 31/12/2012.

Please include for each case;

1. the name of the victim

2. the victims age

3. the date of offence

4. the location of offence

5. a brief description of the offence

6. Whether any arrests have ever been made in connection with the offence

 

19/5 clarified as:

 

Murders that remain unsolved today, that occurred during the period
01/01/73-31/12/2012

Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

In respect of Sec 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating
to your request however the obligation of Sec 1(1)(b) cannot be met as
Essex Police does not hold all the information requested in a format that
allows it to be retrieved within the time and cost limits of FOI.

 

When responding to a request for information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act, a public authority is not obliged to provide
information if the authority estimates that the cost of the retrieval of
the information requested would be in excess of £450 (equivalent to 18
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within the costs limit, we are not obliged to retrieve any of the
information requested.

 

 Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act states that a public
authority is not obliged to:

“…comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that
the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate
limit.”

 

I am afraid that the specific information requested in regard to all
unsolved murders held by Essex Police is not held in what is referred to
as in a readily accessible format. We would be unable to provide details
over the vast time frame requested in your submission and in addition we
do not have digital records for crimes pre 1958. Investigations details
are held within investigation files, to manually extract the details
request would exceed the time and costs limits mentioned above and in
addition qualify as creation of data, as the results cannot be processed
by means of purely sorting or filtering data sources or running a database
query tool. There is no requirement under the act for data to be created
by means of a manual extraction and calculation in order to answer
questions submitted within a FOI request.

 

Consequently, and to this extent, Essex Police are exempt from the duty to
provide data under the provisions of section 12(1) of the FOI Act. In
accordance with section 17(1) of the Act, this communication must act as a
refusal notice to provide all of the information that could be interpreted
as being captured by this part of your request.

Having said that, and in an effort to assist - although excess cost
removes the forces obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, I can
provide some details from two similar FOI requests which may be of
interest;

 

The figures are correct as at this point in time (April 17) and are shown
as unresolved homicides. Please note, no unsolved murder is ever closed by
Essex Police. Essex Police has a Cold Case investigation team who work
closely with forensic scientists to investigate unsolved cases using
developments in forensic technology. An investigation may involve more
than one victim.

 

1950s –  3 investigations

1960s  - 14 investigations

1970s -  12 investigations

1980s -  11 investigations

1990s -  23 investigations

2000s -  25 investigations

2010s – 13 investigations

 

I can supply you with more detailed information issued on the 16th July
2016 in response to a similar FOI request which may assist. (details
remain correct as at this point in time)

 

06/01/2006

Murder of Richard Zephaniah aged 35 found stabbed in the street in
Bockingham Green, Pitsea, Essex

25/03/2006

Murder of Michael Shipton aged 61 found dead with significant trauma
injuries to the skull at his home address in Plashets, Sheering, Essex

25/09/2008

Murder of Clive Enkle aged 53 at his home address in Alderwood Drive,
Abridge, Essex having been beaten to death by unknown assailants.

16/10/2008

On 13/10/2008 Essex Police were requested, by Derbyshire Police, to
conduct a search of a premise in Great Sailing, Essex regarding a missing
person, Paul Duckenfield, aged 41. Following enquiries a ‘no body’ murder
was commenced on 16/10/2008.

09/12/2010

Murder of Duy Hai Tran aged 37 found dead with significant internal
injuries in a warehouse in Red Hills Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.
The warehouse was the site of a significant illegal cannabis cultivation.

04/12/2011

Murder of Liam Mearns aged 21 died of injuries received during a large
scale disturbance in the street at Wellesley Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex

15/10/2012

Murder of Sabah Usmani aged 44, Hira Shakoor aged 12, Sohaib Shakoor aged
11, Muneeb Shakoor aged 9, Rayyan Shakoor aged 6 and Maheen Shakoor aged
3. All died as a result of arson at their home address in Barn Mead,
Harlow, Essex.

 

I trust that the information I have provided is of assistance. Thank you
for your interest in Essex Police.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

Kerry Nicholson
Information Officer
Information Management | Continuous Improvement

Essex Police HQ
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