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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50157445
  • Date: 30 October 2008
  • Public Authority: Cheshire Constabulary
  • Summary: The complainant made a request for seven pieces of information relating to the Constabulary’s coat of arms and logo, the use of these; its policies regarding the recording of conversations; and for information about the Constabulary’s internet domain and service provider. The request was made during an on-going dispute between the complainant and Constabulary. During the course of the dispute members of the Constabulary were the subjects of several complaints. The complainant also made a significant number of information requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) and the Data Protection Act. The Constabulary refused the complainant’s request under section 14 of the Act on the grounds that it was vexatious. It was drawn to this conclusion by the complainant’s stated intent to use the requested information to assist him in setting up a website publicising his grievances. The Commissioner has examined the complainant’s previous contact with the Constabulary. He considers that this request, together with the history of complaints and other information requests, constitutes a significant burden to the Constabulary. He also considers that the intent behind the request would have the effect of harassing the Constabulary. The Commissioner has concluded that the Constabulary’s application of section 14 was appropriate and does not uphold the complaint.
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