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The Day in FoIA: The £million sponsors of the Met Police and the ‘great brain robbery’

Met Police got £22.7m from sponsors, FOI request finds

The Metropolitan Police has received donations and sponsorship worth £22.7m from dozens of organisations over the past five years, the BBC has learned.

The figures were disclosed following a Freedom of Information Act request.

Donations ranged from football shirts provided by Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea to motorcycles and cars supplied by Land Rover, BMW and Nestle.

Scotland Yard said it had a “long history” of working with different partners to tackle crime. Read more.

BBC | 1st November 2012

Medical examiner’s office refuses to release more than 9,000 brains belonging to New Yorkers so they can use them for ‘experiments and practice’

It’s being called ‘the great brain robbery.’

New York City’s medical examiner’s office has kept the brains of more than 9,200 deceased New Yorkers — from the elderly to newborns — so newbie pathologists can practice their skills.

The discovery comes after three families publicly questioned whether or not the city is banking the brains for medical purposes.

Under The New York Post’s Freedom of Information Law request, the ME gave a list of 9,200 brains and 45 spinal cords removed between Nov. 1, 2004, and July 1, 2012. Some 7,700 brains were taken before the notifications began. Read more.

The Daily Mail | 29th October 2012

200 North Wales Police officers injured in the line of duty.

NEARLY 200 police officers in North Wales were injured in the line of duty last year.

A total of 142 male officers and 50 females were hurt, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The causes of officers’ injuries included being hit by a vehicle, slipping over, being injured by an animal or physically assaulted

The number of injuries sustained by officers, however, has fallen notably in recent years. Read more.

The Daily Post | 31st October 2012

Australia: Government working overtime to keep secrets secret

GOVERNMENT spending on keeping files safe from Freedom of Information inquiries has doubled to more than $40 million a year in just eight years.

But during the same period the number of FOI applications fell by 40 per cent. So government agencies are spending much more on dealing with fewer demands for the documents of bureaucrats and politicians to be made public. About a third of information requests were rejected in 2011-12 and each application – successful or otherwise -cost about $1700. Read more.

Malcolm Farr and Lisa Cornish | Herald Sun | 31st October 2012



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