1. Please provide under freedom of information legislation the police’s post-match reports on the following football fixtures:
West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa 25/11/2013
Please see attached document
DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
We can confirm that information is held by West Midlands Police. However, while the majority of the information is attached to this email I am afraid that I am not required by statute to release all of the information requested. This letter serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) for the parts of the document that have 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.
In this case, this letter represents a Refusal Notice for the redacted parts of the attached document. The information is exempt by virtue of the following exemptions
Section 40 (2) (a) (b) (Personal data)
Section 31 (1) (a) (b) (Law enforcement)
Section 38 (1) (a) (b) (Health and safety)
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
When citing Section 40(2), 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(2) 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. which I have attached