Crimes at Football Grounds (8815_17)

Request

Would it be possible to find out the crimes recorded at the three locations (Villa Park, St Andrews and the Hawthornes), and break them down by the crime type?

*The above request is an amended request where the time period initially specified was 2011-July 2017.

Response

We can confirm that information is held by West Midlands Police in respect of this request. Whilst the majority of the information is attached to this response, I am afraid that we are not required by statute to release all of the information requested. For the information that has not been released, this serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please see the tables contained in the attached file. Regarding Sexual Assaults, these have been excluded from the tables and grouped together in a separate sentence below table 3. The explanation for doing this can be found underneath ‘Reasons for Decision.’

Please note that the data in the tables should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed

 

REASONS FOR DECISION

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

This response represents a Refusal Notice for the information that has not been released.

In this case, some information has not been released by virtue of the Section 40(2) (Personal data) exemption.

This exemption and explanatory notes is shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

Section 40(2) allows for information to be withheld where release would breach the third party’s data protection rights. It would be unfair to release this information where any person could be identified from the data and in this case, the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance, I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

 

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