Request / Response
Any post-match police reports into the following football matches:
Birmingham vs. Blackburn – 04.05.13
Birmingham vs. Burnley – 22.12.12
Wolves vs. Blackburn – 11.01.13
Wolves vs. Burnley – 27.04.13
MATCH REPORTS (4404_13)
DECISION UNDER THE TERMS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
We can confirm that all the information 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. Please find attached a redacted document. 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 31 (1) (a) (b) (c) (Law enforcement)
Section 40 (2)
These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:
In line with the above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this PIT attached (4404_PIT)
Section 40 (2) is an absolute and class based exemption and I do not need to justify non release by compiling a PIT, I have however given further details on the exemption in the attached document.