Football Arrests (4044_13)

Request

Please would you let me know in writing if you hold information of the following description:

Information concerning number of reports the force has received of racist or homophobic chanting at football matches in the past ten years.

By this, I mean a chronological list of every report and complaint received by the force from members of the public and club officials from 2003 to 2013. Please indicate the location of the alleged incident i.e. inside the ground or outside the ground.

For example, police received a complaint from a member of the public that three men were heard chanting racist inside the ground of NAME OF FOOTBALL CLUB in the match against NAME OF CLUB on February 12, 2009.

I would like a copy of the information and would prefer for it to be sent by email if possible. If any part of the information requested is covered by one or more of the absolute exemptions in the Act  please treat this request as a request for that part of the information which is not covered by the absolute exemption.

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, which was retrieved before it was realised that the fees limit would be exceeded. Please see 4044_attachment_01 pdf.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.

This data show information that is centrally-recorded by our Football Unit. Offences that have occurred may not necessarily have been forwarded to this unit.

This means that our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide all of the requested information. The only way to identify the requested information would be to undertake a manual search of each individual crime file within each Local Policing Unit. 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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