Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

On 6th November, 1986 a World in Action programme called The Untouchable (or The Untouchables) was aired on Granada Television. It concerned the allegedly corrupt relationship between a Metropolitan Police detective, Tony Lundy, and a registered police informant, Roy Garner.

A parliamentary debate followed and, as a result, South Yorkshire Police (SYP) were appointed to investigate the claims made in the TV programme. A report was eventually submitted to MPS which required Mr Lundy to face six disciplinary charges. He retired shortly afterwards and the disciplinary matters, it seems, decayed.

An appeal via social media for a copy of the broadcast, or information relating to it, has drawn a blank.

A search of their records by SYP, following an information request made to them, also drew a blank. Not assisted by the fact that none of the officers who would have dealt with such an investigation are still serving.

Disclosure of the following information is, therefore, requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Confirmation if the investigation file is still held by MPS.

2. If not, where it is located (eg National Archives).

3. If held elsewhere, its Unique Reference Number.

4. If held by MPS:

a. The operational codename of the investigation, if one was allocated.
b. The dates upon which the investigation commenced and concluded.
c. The name and rank of the most MPS senior officer handling the investigation.
d. A digital copy of the film of the subject World in Action programme.

Despite the historical nature nature of the request, I have attempted to reduce the burden of dealing with it to the minimum possible.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Cyclops on behalf of Jagroop Kalsi, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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OFFICIAL SENSITIVE

     

 

 

 

 

 

Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
  London
SW6 1SF
  United Kingdom

  Our Ref: 01/FOI/19/001137

  Date: 13/02/2019

   

 

 

 

Dear Mr Wilby

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/001137

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/02/2019.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

 

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

On 6th November, 1986 a World in Action programme called The Untouchable
(or The Untouchables) was aired on Granada Television. It concerned the
allegedly corrupt relationship between a Metropolitan Police detective,
Tony Lundy, and a registered police informant, Roy Garner.

A parliamentary debate followed and, as a result,  South Yorkshire Police
(SYP) were appointed to investigate the claims made in the TV programme. A
report was eventually submitted to MPS which required Mr Lundy to face six
disciplinary charges. He retired shortly afterwards and the disciplinary
matters, it seems, decayed.

An appeal via social media for a copy of the broadcast, or information
relating to it, has drawn a blank.

A search of their records by SYP, following an information request made to
them, also drew a blank. Not assisted by the fact that none of the
officers who would have dealt with such an investigation are still
serving.

Disclosure of the following information is, therefore, requested by way of
the Freedom of Information Act:

1. Confirmation if the investigation file is still held by MPS.

2. If not, where it is located (eg National Archives).

3. If held elsewhere, its Unique Reference Number.

4. If held by MPS:

a. The operational codename of the investigation, if one was allocated.
b. The dates upon which the investigation commenced and concluded.
c. The name and rank of the most MPS senior officer handling the
investigation.
d. A digital copy of the film of the subject World in Action programme.

Despite the historical nature nature of the request, I have attempted to
reduce the burden of dealing with it to the minimum possible.

 

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.  

 

If you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please contact
us at [email address] or on the phone at 0207 161 3500, quoting the
reference number above. Should your enquiry relate to the logging or
allocations process we will be able to assist you directly and where your
enquiry relates to other matters (such as the status of the request) we
will be able to pass on a message and/or advise you of the relevant
contact details.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jagroop Kalsi

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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 to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

 

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

Information Rights Unit

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
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Information Commissioner's Office

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Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to request an internal review of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)'s handling of my FOI request 'World in Action TV programme - The Untouchable(s)'.

1. Under Section 10 of the Act a public authority is required to respond PROMPTLY and, in any event, within 20 working days. MPS has signally failed to meet this requirement.

2. Under Section 17 of the Act a Refusal Notice must be issued if a public authority is seeking to rely on either NCND, section 12 or section 14 exemptions. MPS has signally failed to meet this requirement.

3. No explanation has been provided for the non-compliance.

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

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Cyclops on behalf of Stella Wyllie, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Information Rights Unit
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
  United Kingdom

  Our Ref: 01/FOI/19/001394

  Date: 08/03/2019

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr Wilby

Freedom of Information Review Reference No: 01/FOI/19/001394

 

I write in connection with your request for a review of the handling
and/or decision relating to 01/FOI/19/001137 which was received by the
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 06/02/2019.   

 

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.

 

There is no statutory time limit in relation to the completion of an
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.

 

If it is not possible to complete the Internal Review within this
timescale you will be informed at the earliest opportunity. 

 

If you are unhappy with the outcome of an Internal Review you may wish to
refer the matter to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

 

For information on how to make an application to the Information
Commissioner please visit their website at www.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively,
write to or phone: 

 

Information Commissioner's Office 

Wycliffe House 

Water Lane 

Wilmslow 

Cheshire 

SK9 5AF 

Phone:  0303 123 1113

 

Yours sincerely 

 

S. Wyllie

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Good Morning Mr Wilby,

 

I am contacting you with regards to the FoIA request you have made.

 

I apologies that we have been unable to respond to you within the 20 days
provided under the Act but please be assured that I am still looking into
your request and will get a response to you as soon as I can.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Kind Regards

 

Lisa.

Lisa Murphy | Information Manager | Strategy & Insight | Strategy &
Governance | Met HQ | Metropolitan Police Service | Telephone 020 7161
3590  Email [1][email address]
Address Information Rights Unit, PO Box 57192, London, SW6 1SF

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Dear Lisa,

Thank you for the update, I'm grateful.

On this occasion, the request is not particularly time sensitive, so it does take the pressure off a little.

Kind regards,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Cyclops on behalf of Yvette Taylor, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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OFFICIAL SENSITIVE

     

 

 

 

Dear Mr Wilby

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/001394

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Yvette Taylor

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 to discuss the
response with the case officer who dealt with your request.  

 

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

Information Rights Unit

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.ico.org.uk.  Alternatively, write to or
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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thank you for the update regarding Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/001394.

I am grateful for the careful attention that is being given to this matter.

It is recognised and accepted that, given the historic nature of the disclosure sought, it was not going to be a straightforward request to finalise.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Wilby,

Thank you for your email, I am sorry that the MPS has not been able to respond to your request within the 20-working day period. I have checked our system and can see that the person dealing with this matter is Ms Murphy.

Ms Murphy – I would be grateful if you can give with an update on this request.

Kind regards,

Gary Quan | Administration Assistant | Information Rights Unit
Strategy & Insight | Strategy & Governance | METHQ | Metropolitan Police Service

Telephone: 020 7161 3500 - Mon-Fri (1200-1400) | Extension: 78 3500 | Email: [email address]
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Good Morning Mr Wilby,

I can confirm that I am still looking into your request and as soon as I have an update for you I shall be in contact with you again.

Kind Regards

Lisa.

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Thank you for keeping me informed.

It is not a particularly time sensitive request and I do appreciate the time and trouble being taken over it.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Wilby
Investigative journalist

Twitter: @Neil_Wilby
Web: neilwilby.com

Cyclops on behalf of Lisa Murphy, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Official Sensitive

     

 

 

 

Dear Mr Wilby

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 01/FOI/19/001137

 

Please see the attached in respect of your Freedom of Information request
referenced above.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lisa Murphy

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

 

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
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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

Information Rights Unit

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
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Phone: 0303 123 1113

 

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