Unlicensed Music Events (4472_16)

Request

How many times has the force responded to complaints about unlicensed music events on private land:
A) The year to date
B) Jan 1st – Dec 31st 2015
C) Jan 1st- Dec 31st 2014
D) Jan 1st-Dec 31st 2013
E) Jan 1st- Dec 31st 2012
F) Jan 1st- Dec 31st 2011
I would also like to know if you have a generic figure for the cost of a deployment to these incidents?

Response

Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information. Based on the Anti Social Behaviour Final Classification where the Initial Brief details contains the key words such as Rave, Music, Noise or Noise Disturbance there are over 46,000 records for the requested time period.
Also from the brief incident detail we would not be able to determine if the event is on private land or if it is unlicensed so in order to ascertain this information would involve reading through each actual log.
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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