People Travelling to Syria (6819_15)

Request

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide me with full answers to each of the following questions:
1. How many reports has your force received in 2015 of people suspected of travelling to Syria/Iraq/Turkey in order to fight with Islamic State? I am hoping this will be possible either by searching missing persons reports or for free search terms such as `Syria’ or `Islamic State’.
2. How many intelligence reports has your force received in 2015 of people who have been to Syria/Iraq/Turkey in order to fight with Islamic State and are now back in the UK?
3. How many arrests on suspicion of terrorism offences has your force made in 2015 where the suspect is believed to have been to Syria/Iraq/Turkey in order to fight with Islamic State?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.

Please note that researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12 (2)).

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 confirming or denying that any information is held 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.

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