Vexatious FOI requests

John Goss made this Freedom of Information request to Thames Valley Police

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Waiting for an internal review by Thames Valley Police of their handling of this request.

Dear Thames Valley Police,

Kindly inform me how often Thames Valley Police has used Section 14(1) of the Freedom Information Act 2000 to avoid answering a Freedom of Information Request.

1. On how many occasions in 2011 and 2012 did Thames Valley Police deem a Freedom of Information Request "vexatious"?

2. On how many of those occasions did the supposedly "vexatious" request relate to the death of Dr. David Kelly?

3. I ask for a copy of each seemingly "vexatious" FOI Request that related to the death of Dr. Kelly.

I understand that you might wish to remove personal data from the requests and that is acceptable to me. If you redact the FOI Requests in any way please show the redactions in black so that their extent may be seen.

4. In light of the recent judgement by Judge Wikeley on the meaning of "vexatious" do Thames Valley Police have any plans to review the "vexatious" requests made with respect to the death of Dr. Kelly in the light of what Judge Wikeley had to say?

Yours faithfully,

John Goss

Dear Mr Goss,

Reference no RFI2013000462

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated 28 May requesting for information on Vexatious FOI requests.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a further response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Thames Valley Police may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Thames Valley Police.

Yours sincerely

| Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
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Dear FOI,

Thames Valley Police have delayed responding to my FOI request about vexatious FOI requests as required. I received an acknowledgement and there has been no request for clarification so as far as I can see the delay is solely due to Thames Valley Police. I am therefore requesting an internal review.

Yours sincerely,

John Goss

Public Access,

Dear John Goss

I acknowledge receipt of your email requesting Thames Valley Police review it’s response to your original request RFI2013000462.

The Internal Review will now be considered by the Public Access Manager and he will respond further to you within 20 working days.


Amanda Tyson | Public Access Assistant
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Telephone +44(0)1865 846 329 | Internal | 700-6329
Email Address [email address] or [email address]

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Isa Bell, London UK left an annotation ()

"vexatious" means Thames Valley Police are either too lazy to answer or TVP are doing a cover-up. Cover-ups are regularly done at TVP as part of the systemic TVP culture.

Got a "vexatious" denial. Emailed an ACC (assistant chief constable) and got an answer fairly promptly including the documentation used by TVP. That was a wonderfully good service. It contrasted greatly with the usual dismissive "vexatious" denials.

If you get the 'too expensive' refusal ask for a list of their itemised costs - which they should have compiled to justify their 'too expensive' rejection.

If you still get problems consider contacting the TVP police commissioner.

Kelly did not die in the place his body was found.

Isa Bell, London UK left an annotation ()

You mentioned

'In light of the recent judgement by Judge Wikeley on the meaning of "vexatious" '

Here is a useful link for everyone else.

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