Monday, 16 July 2012

Rochdale Child Rape FOI Update

Wanting to keep you right up to speed on the progress of my FOI request concerning the Rochdale child rape trial I'm sharing this with you this morning less than half an hour after having received it. I'm of the opinion, having read through this, that Greater Manchester Police are approaching this in a serious and sincere manner.

You of course may think differently. Time will tell as to whether or not we are officially deemed a lower form of life within our own country or indeed whether or nor we are even allowed to know about our new status.

Dear Mr Darby,


I write in connection with your request for information dated 17/06/2012, which was received by Greater Manchester Police on 18/06/2012.  I note you seek access to the following information:

I correspond on behalf of Nick Griffin MEP concerning the recent trial of nine Muslim men from the Rochdale area, charged and convicted of serious sexual offences against English children at Liverpool Crown Court.

An earlier FOI request to the CPS produced a disclosure from Nick Hunt, Director of Strategy & Policy, that: "Greater Manchester Police provided no evidence to the CPS of racial or religious hostility or motivation in relation to the allegations."

Considering, following on from the Macpherson report, that this was a racially motivated incident by definition, please supply all information concerning the decision not to provide the prosecuting authorities with suitable evidence. Please provide documentation illustrating that racially or religiously motivated aspects of these crimes were discussed by Greater Manchester Police.

Please provide documents illustrating evidence of racially or religiously aggravating factors, lines of questioning entailed and any internal or external communications as to the legal obligation on GMP to investigate these crimes accordingly and provide information to the courts.

Further to this please provide all communications/documentation of the political or community relations aspects of this case with regards to Greater Manchester police both internally and through outside bodies.

Further to the acknowledgement to your request dated 18.06.12, I regret to inform you that Greater Manchester Police, (GMP), will not be able to provide a response to your request within the 20 working days set out in section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the original response being 16.07.12.

GMP is presently considering a public interest test in relation to various sections of the Act, including but not limited to, Section 30, Section 31 and Section 40 which relate to Investiga-tions, Law Enforcement and Personal Information respectively. Therefore under section 17(2)(b), this is to inform you that the force has not yet made a decision as to the disclosure of the requested information.

I now advise that the amended date for a response is 13.08.12.  I can assure you that every effort will be made to ensure an appropriate response will be made within this new timescale.

May I apologise for any inconvenience caused. Should you have any further inquiries concerning this matter, please write or contact me on telephone number 0161 856 2529 quoting the reference number above.