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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50161581
  • Date: 17 December 2009
  • Public Authority: Greater Manchester Police
  • Summary: The complainant initially made a six-part request to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) relating to burglaries at two specified locations. The complainant contacted the Commissioner to complain about GMP’s refusal to supply him with the information he sought at parts 5 and 6 of his initial request; that is the number of burglaries reported in Honeysuckle Close and for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006 and similarly the number of burglaries reported for Tunshill Road for the same years. GMP refused to supply the requested information in reliance of section 40 (Personal information) and section 31 (Law enforcement). The Commissioner has determined that GMP was wrong to rely on section 31(1) on the basis that the public interest in withholding this information was not greater than the public interest in its disclosure. The Commissioner also finds that section 40(2) was not engaged as the requested information does not represent personal data. The Commissioner finds that GMP breached sections 17(1) and 17(1)(b) by failing to provide an adequate refusal as required by this section.
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