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Stag and Hen Parties (912A/22)


  1. Please disclose every incident recorded since January 1 2021 that contain one or more of the following search terms: ‘Stag’ ‘Stags’ ‘Hen’ ‘Hens’
  2. Please disclose the incident exactly as it was recorded on each log, redacting any identifiable information which may prohibit disclosure.
  3. For example: ‘A male called (redacted) claimed that members of a stag party assaulted him outside of a nightclub in Front Street, leaving him with head injuries’
  4. For each incident, please also disclose the time/date/location of the incident.


Our data are not organised in such a way as to allow us to provide this information within the appropriate (cost) limit within the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (see ‘Reason for Decision’ below).

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, in accordance with Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Reason for Decision

There is no way for us to perform a keyword search of our incident logs as requested, without it also returning non-relevant cases, e.g. Stage, Instagram, Kitchen, When, Then…Therefore, in order to determine how many of these, if any, related to stag and hen parties, we would need to manually review each incident. Our search however has returned approximately 80,000 records and researching each individual case would exceed the appropriate limit (FOIA, s.12).

This means that the cost of compliance with the whole of 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(1) of the FOI 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.

Further information on section 12 of FOI is available here:


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