An ad on a bus shelter

Curbing scooter racing

Claim made by: Met Police in Haringey
Location: On a bus shelter in Hornsey (N8) outside the YMCA on Tottenham Lane
Spotted on: 2014-11-09

"We curbed scooter riders racing around Hornsey by issuing warnings to drivers and increasing patrols at peak times."

Update 2014-12-23

I just received a reply from the Met Police, they've escalated my ask to a formal Freedom of Information Request. I'll post an update when I receive a formal reply.


Dear Mr. Bushfield

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2014110000907

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 11/11/2014. I note you seek access to the following information:

"I was interested to see the claim the Met Police made that "We curbed scooter riders racing around Hornsey by issuing warnings to drivers and increasing patrols at peak times."

I would be grateful if you could send me the relevant scientific information that supports this claim.
Please note that I am asking this as part of the Ask for Evidence campaign and will share the response I get publicly."

Your request will now be allocated to the relevant unit within the MPS and will be processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act).

You will receive your response directly from the relevant unit within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act.

In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Yours sincerely

R. Loizou
Support Officer - Freedom of Information Triage Team


23 December 2014
I received the following reply from MPS:


To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted at the MPS Performance Unit and with the Hornsey Neighbourhood Policing Team at Haringey Borough Police


The searches failed to locate statistical information relevant to your request, therefore, the scientific information that you have requested is not held by the MPS.

This matter was a Ward promise in May 2014, and as such action was taken to increase police presence in the area and to discuss the matter with drivers who may have been unaware of the nuisance this was causing residents. Following this action, Inspector Matthew Casey has stated that there has been a noticeable reduction in the number of times this issue has been raised to his team.

Unfortunately, unlike telephone calls made via the 999 or 101 systems, calls made directly to individual officers or Safer Neighbourhood Teams are not recorded and therefore we are unable to quantify the actual reduction. Community engagement work often has qualitative results rather than distinct quantitative statistical trends.

To clarify, your request asks for "relevant scientific information that supports this claim", our response is that this scientific information is not recorded and is therefore not held by the MPS.


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