I am writing this letter to gain information, Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, regarding the landlord and/or agent at an address where a murder took place. The incident took place at 89 Walsall street, WV13 2EU and the victim’s name was Glyn Evans, 56, it took place around 23rd December 2015. The information I would like to know is
1) Who was the Landlord at this time?
2) Who was the agent at this time?
3) What investigation was undertaken to find the relevant person/s in charge of the property?
4) Did any residents confirm any agent or/and landlord details?
5) Were there findings that no landlord/ agent had a current responsibility or managing the property, i.e. collecting rent, repairs or maintenance of the building?
6) Did the police contact the council or any other agency to find out or give any information regarding the whereabouts of the landlord or agent, if so which one/s?
7) If the council or any other organisation were contacted who contacted them and who did they contact within that organisation?
8) Were there any communications between the police and Councillor Carl Creany? If so please release any letters, emails or times and dates of the conversations as well as officers name that made contact.
In the recent months the metal door has been removed from the property. I would like to know the following information
9) Who contacted the police to have the metal removed from doors and windows?
10) What is the name of the organisation that carries out this type procedure for the police?
11) On which date were the police first contacted about executing this procedure?
12) If the agent and/or landlord is different to the agent when as the murder took place then when did the new agent take over the property?
13) What checks were undergone to check whether the person who directed the removal of the metal door was the landlord and or agent?
West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny that any information regarding questions 1 – 9 and 11-13 is held by West Midlands Police by virtue of Section 30 (3) – Criminal Investigations and Proceedings.
We can confirm that the requested information in relation to question 10 is held. Please find below a partial response to your request. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the information that has not been released.
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.
With respect to question 10 (What is the name of the organisation that carries out this type procedure for the police?) I can tell you that in 2013 the contract for boarding up properties (which includes the provision of temporary steel screens) was awarded to Boing Rapid Secure.
West Midlands Police will neither confirm nor deny the existence of any other relevant data by virtue of
Section 30 (3) – Criminal Investigations and Proceedings
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
When citing Section 40(5), there is a requirement to consider whether disclosure would breach one of the Data Protection Principles, and in this case the first principle of fairness would be breached. In these circumstances Section 40(5) is classed as absolute and there is no requirement to consider the public interest.
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached.
No inference can be taken from this refusal that the information you have requested does or does not exist.