2011 Riots (1599_12)

Request

(a) The total number of persons whom have been arrested for offences committed as part of the 2011 English riots
(b) The total number of persons whom have been charged with offences committed as part of the 2011 English riots
(c) The total number of persons who were refused bail by the police and placed in front of the court for offences committed as part of the 2011 English riots
(d) The total number of persons who subsequently had the charges against them discontinued.
(e) The number of individuals, if recorded, who are believed to have committed offences during this period of disorder who were below the age of criminal responsibility at the time of the offence.
For (a) and (b) above I also seek the numbers who fall into the following categories:
(i) Aged 10 – 13
(ii) Aged 14 – 16
(iii) Aged 16 – 19
(iv) Aged 20 – 25
(v) Aged 26 and over

(All information should be provided as at the date of this request for information)

Response

The cost of providing all of the requested information, and therefore compliance with your request, is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond. Although excess cost removes the force’s obligations under the Freedom of Information Act, as a gesture of goodwill I have supplied information, relative to your request, retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded (see attachment). I trust this is helpful, but it does not affect our legal right to rely on the fees regulations for the remainder of the request.

Your question:

(c) The total number of persons who were refused bail by the police and placed in front of the court for offences committed as part of the 2011 English riots

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.  The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual custody record. Therefore, such a search would exceed the appropriate limit. This means that the cost of compliance with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond, i.e. the cost of locating and retrieving the information would exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000. For West Midlands Police, the appropriate limit is set at £450, as prescribed by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, S.I. 3244. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

A public authority which, in relation to any request for information, is relying on a claim that section 12 or section 14 applies must, within the time for complying with Section 1(1), give the applicant a notice stating that fact. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this letter acts as a refusal notice.

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