Syria / Iraq Related Terrorism (919_15)

Request

How many complaints did your force receive from 1/1/14 until 1/1/15 in connection with Syria and Iraq-related terrorism offences?

By this I mean how many people in your force area were investigated over allegations that they were potential supporters of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, or any similar Islamist jihadi groups operating in Iraq or Syria.

Of that total number –

1 – How many people were investigated for showing support for these groups or interest in them by purely UK-based activities (eg internet research, attendance at meetings, fundraising etc).

1a – How many of those from Q1 have been arrested. How many were subsequently convicted?

2 – How many people were investigated over fears that they were planning to travel to Syria or Iraq?

2a – How many of those from Q2 have been arrested. How many were subsequently convicted?

3 – How many were investigated because they had actually travelled to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State or similar groups?

3a – How many of those from Q3 were men?

3b – How many of those from Q3 were women?

3c – How many men have returned to the UK and of those who have returned how many have been arrested. How many were subsequently convicted?

3d – How many women have returned to the UK and of those who have returned how many have been arrested. How many were subsequently convicted?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information.  The data held is not in an easy to retrieve format.  It would require a manual search and this would take longer than 18 hours.

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.

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