Eviction Orders (5235_16)

Request

How many eviction orders has your police force issued since the 1st of Jan 2010 under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (s61 or s62), and on what date was each of these orders served?
The purpose of this request is to ascertain whether there has been an increase or decrease in the use of this power over the last few years.

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. West Midlands Police don’t make eviction orders, this is the responsibility of landowners or local authorities.

The police can give a verbal and written notice/order to leave land after the land owner has required travellers to leave and they have not done so.

Any record of us attending in such circumstances is not centrally recorded, therefore in order for us to locate and extract this information would involve a manual search.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (1)).

Therefore, 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.

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.

I am unable to suggest any practical way in which your request may be modified in order to satisfy your query or bring it within the 18 hours stipulated by the Regulations. I am however willing to consider any refinements that you are able to make to your request.

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