Justification of funds for Operation Malaya (via police)

Status: Refused

  • Dear Lancashire Police 

    I refer to a Subject Access Request I made to you where you have confirmed that a team of dedicated Lancashire police officers were taken from actively duty and assigned full time to work on Operation Malaya.  This was from June 2017 to September 2017, a period of 4 months.  I understand that there were over 20 serving police officers who during this time made repeated trips to the West Midlands and Bedfordshire.  

    Lancashire police have confirmed that this dedicated operation was created specifically for two individuals who they freely named in the disclosure as Darren Hogan and George Vella.

    They claim the task force was created specifically to investigate complaints that these two individuals had made about me.  Lancashire police claim that the complaints were ‘complex’.  I understand the unfounded allegations were of harassment.  I have asked for further clarification of the complexity of the allegations and will be asking why I was never questioned relating to these complex allegations resulting in a 4 month dedicated operation involving so many police officers.

    Even though this highly costly police operation was setup based on allegations made by these two men, I bring to your attention that Darren Hogan was, at the time this operation was created, was on bail and had been  charged with Malicious Communications and Harassment against my wife and I.  Even so, he was approached by Lancashire police to enrol him into a task force against his victim.

    George Vella was also the subject of numerous complaints I had to make to police, one of the complaints was that George Vella openly called me by inference a paedophile on a facebook group, an act of malicious communications, and Lancashire police took ZERO action against him for this but like Hogan, Lancashire police approached Vella and enrolled him in a task force against his victim.

    My question to you under the laws of Freedom of Information is,

    • What this operation cost?
    • The rationale for allowing such an expense out of lancashire police funds.
    • Rationale why 20 or more serving police officers were taken from normal duty to investigate harassment for 4 solid months.
    • Who authorised this outlandish expense.

    If you are unaware of the Subject Access Request disclosure made by Lancashire police that I have outlined above, please let me know and I will disclose it to you via this Freedom of Information request.

    I remind you that I am a repeat victim of crime which you are aware of. 

    I also remind you that Lancashire police settled a claim I brought against them for numerous malicious offences against me by police officers and I was awarded a substantial sum of money to ‘settle out of court’. 

    You are aware that I allege I am targeted by Lancashire police due to the fact I published the identity of a police informant.  This is clarified by the fact Lancashire police charged me with malicious communications for publishing this identity which the courts found me not guilty as, for malicious communications to be proven, the communication must be false.  I provided evidence that this police informant was indeed an informant by his own confession which satisfied the courts.

    This should show, on balance, that Lancashire police do in fact have a motive to ‘frame me’ and this is what Operation Malaya was setup to do but failed.

    If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act. In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

    I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

    Yours faithfully,

    Paul Ponting

Deadline 12th July 2019

  • Dear Lancashire Constabulary

    I would like an internal review of this FOI.

    Lancashire Constabulary has confirmed in a Subject Access Request that Operation Malaya was created and therefore it does exist.    

    It was confirmed that the operation name was created for logistical reasons and therefore associated costs will, or should have been recorded against this operation name. 

    Operation Malaya was paid for with public funds and the public have a right to know.

    It will be recorded the associated costs and will, of course, be noted who authorised the operation. 

    The rationale questions would need to have been fulfilled and signed off by a senior officer, this information will be held.

    I believe that Lancashire police are intentionally withholding this information which is unlawful.


  • Dear Mr Ponting,

    Your request for an Internal Review has been booked on under the reference number 2627/19. You should receive a response from us in due course.

    Kind Regards,


    Compliance Team – Data Protection Office

    HQ – Legal Services

    Information Compliance and Disclosure Section

    Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters


    Tel: 01772 413203

    Email: FOI@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

    Personal Data Matters – Let’s Get it Right!


  • Dear Lancashire Constabulary

    Please can you provide an update of this internal review which was booked almost 4 weeks ago.