16 May 2011 11:25


RE: Use of Police Resources – Michael Parnell

I refer to your below request for information from Greater Manchester Police Authority received by email on the 15 May 2011. This request has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In answer to your question.

In response to a previous Freedom of Information Act request, an Inspector of Greater Manchester Police with knowledge of the matter informed me:

Mr Parnell is well known to us on my patch however I am unable to breakdown the number of times we have dealt with him whether that was simply advice or resulted in his detention.”

As you correctly assume there is no specific fund or costing allocated to Mr Parnell to enable us to identify costs it would be part of general duties. The problem is increased as we hold a number of budgets for each NPU or response team none of which drill down to the fine detail in respect of which individual was arrested etc. Given the number of units several would have had dealings with Mr Parnell and it is not possible to collate these collectively”.

Other than the above, as Greater Manchester Police Authority is a separate organisation from Greater Manchester Police, the Police Authority does not hold information relating to the number of times officers of Greater Manchester Police has been called out to Mr Parnell etc.

However it is possible that Greater Manchester Police may hold some or all of the information you require. If you require any further information I would advise you to

resubmit your request to the Greater Manchester Police Freedom of Information team at the following email address:


If you are unhappy with the way Greater Manchester Police Authority has handled your request for information, you can request a review by writing to:

Mr Russell Bernstein, Executive Director, Greater Manchester Police Authority, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5DA.

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:…..

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

Nigel J Battersby
SolicitorGreater Manchester Police Authority
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
M27 5DA

Tel: 0161 793 3040


15 May 2011 11:12

Dear Mr Battersby

I recently enquired of Mr SC Houston, the Business Services Directorate, SMBC, as to the amount of police man hours and costs involved with regard to the numerous occasions officers have been called by council officials to arrest Mr Parnell or appear at court appearances which did or did not take place.

Mr Houston’s office responded that such information was not within their knowledge and referred me to the Greater Manchester Police.

I should be grateful if under the FOIA you could arrange for this information to be provided, or if not within your remit refer the matter, please, to the appropriate department.

Yours sincerely