Town Council Admits Industrial Scale Data Breach

Market Weighton Town Council (MWTC) has admitted to a data breach on an industrial scale.

In response to intervention by ICO to fulfil my Freedom of Information request for a copy of the “Town Council Dog Order” MWTC has claimed:

“All Market Weighton Town Council and its predecessor Market Weighton and Arras Parish Council records dating back to circa 1911 are held in an unindexed paper format in multiple locations.

We believe that the cost of locating, assessing whether the information is held, retrieving and extracting the information in order to respond to your request would exceed the threshold of £450 as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. As a result, we are refusing your request under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A full refusal notice is appended to this letter”

Data Principles

To hold Data in “an unindexed paper format” is in breach of Data Principles.

Reported To ICO

I have reported MWTC to ICO for what is clearly an industrial scale Data breach.

Internal Review

As the reason for not being able to address my FOI request is the fact that they are storing Data in breach of Data Principles I have requested MWTC undertake an internal review of their response.

Posted in Market Weighton

Driffield Town Council Leak Residents Data

Driffield residents will be shocked to learn that their Town Council has leaked a significant amount of their Data.  Yet despite been informed of the leak on 13 August they have failed to correct the failure or inform residents of the leak for two months.

Note The Two Redactions

I had requested my Data via a Subject Access Request.

As the CCTV Data is stored in Driffield Police Station and Driffield Town Council have no access to it Humberside Police unlawfully processed my Data.

It was an unlawful act as there was no Service Level Agreement in place between Humberside Police and Driffield Town Council when my Data was gathered.

The image above was taken from video footage sent to me by Driffield Town Council. It was not redacted when I received it. The two redactions are mine. I now lawfully hold Data that Driffield Town Council and Humberside Police unlawfully gave me that identifies Driffield residents.

I reserve my right to publish further samples of this Data either redacted or unredacted.

I have made Driffield Town Council aware of my position and requested to be informed how they and Humberside Police will address:

  1. The Data breach
  2. Humberside Police unlawfully processing Data without a Service Level Agreement in place between Humberside Police and Driffield Town Council when my Data was gathered.
  3. The outcomes of using inadmissible evidence in courts of law for years that was unlawfully gathered by the CCTV system.
Posted in CCTV, Driffield

Whistleblower Reveals Foreknowledge of A19 Dangerous Exit

As a result of publishing Brookes Garage A19 Dangerous Exit, a whistleblower has contacted me with some shocking information.

I will call the whistleblower Fred.

Fred has claimed that the owner, Parish Council, Hambleton District Council and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) are fully aware of the risk to life. He has informed me that the issue is known to all parties. Descriptions used include:

  • “a history of accidents occurring when cars enter and exit the premises”
  • “a dangerous stretch of road”
  • “notorious accident blackspot”
  • “detrimental to the free flow of traffic on the A19”

Yet neither NYCC nor North Yorkshire Police has done anything to address the danger.

I believe that until the risk can be addressed the entrances to the service station must be closed.

In the interests of public safety, I have already shared the video above with Barry Khan NYCC Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services) but I still await a reply from him. Given this further information, I have asked Barry to take immediate action.

FOI Request

I have submitted a Freedom of Information request to NYCC for all information held in relation to safety concerns about the use of entrances from the Brookes Garage to the A19 between NYCC and North Yorkshire Police

Message For Fred

Could you please provide me with all documents that you refer to?

Posted in Hambleton, Roads

Over 85 Year Olds – 1 in 4,545 Hospitalised

Last night Chris Whitty attempted to convince the UK public of the need for the three-tier lockdown system by showing how vulnerable those over 85 are.

His attempt was supported by flashing on-screen numerous graphs including the one above.

Most people would have done as intended and looked to the right of the graph as the relevant information is on the left.

The left confirms 22 over 85-year-olds per 100,000 were admitted to hospital with Covid which is ONLY 1 in 4,545 over the course of a week. 

If mild flu was circulating the country I would expect more than 1 in 4,545 over 85-year-olds to be admitted with it. (Of course, this is admitted with not because of.)

Clearly, only 1 in 4,545 admitted with Covid is good news. The case for the three-tier lockdown system is thus unproven.

Posted in Covid 19

Proposed Boundary Change – Information Clarification

As the person who instigated the proposed Stamford Bridge Boundary change in my previous role as the Independent ERYC Councillor for Stamford Bridge, I thought it incumbent of me to clarify some misleading information.

Living in Full Sutton I received the Full Suton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council Petition To Stop Proposed Boundary Change through my letterbox.

It is stated in the petition “..then they will join Pocklington Provincial Ward of ERYC”.

As I had previously discussed this with Simon Clark, Electoral Services Manager, ERYC when an ERYC Councillor I asked Simon:

“I recall conversations we had when you informed me that any change to the Ward Boundary would require action by the Boundary Commission and thus a change in legislation. Could you please confirm is this still the situation?”

Simon confirmed:

“Should any recommendations which are finally approved result in a potential change to the ERYC Ward boundaries, then you are quite correct that this matter would be referred to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England who would undertake a review in light of the ‘consequential’ change resulting from the governance review recommendations. This would not happen until the conclusion of the Stamford Bridge community governance review.”

I believe everyone will appreciate no one can state what a possible future decision of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England could be. As such no one can state if Godwin Vale will join Pocklington Provincial Ward of ERYC.

Moving Forward

It is noted that Sarah Davies, Chair of Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council and Councillor Leo Hammond, ERYC Councillor Wolds Weighton have put their names to the misleading petition.

I believe it should be accepted that Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Parish Council are limited in their experience and it is said that Councillor Hammond has youthful exuberance. As such a pragmatic approach should be applied.

I have suggested to Simon that he should embrace pragmatism and be mindful of the fact that any signed petitions he receives in support may have based their support on misleading information.

Posted in ERYC, Stamford Bridge

Whistleblower – ERYC Employee “Peter”

This week I have received interesting information from a whistleblower who is an employee of East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). I will call him Peter.

Peter started by stating:

“I see you as someone who is always prepared to fight for social justice and against wrongdoings in public office.”

And concluded with:

“Please help”

Peter referred to questionable ERYC planning decisions and awarding of major contracts.

If Peter has any documents to support his statements I welcome sight of them. It would be useful for him to include a phone number and be signed in the same name he used in the first letter.

I am always open to receiving information from whistleblowers, especially that which is supported by documents.

If any employee of ERYC, especially those who are in the process of being made redundant, would like to whistleblow any information and/or documents to me please do so.


Posted in ERYC, Whistle Blower

Brookes Garage A19 Dangerous Exit

As a campaigner, I receive information in many formats from various sources across the country. This can be for my information purposes, requesting assisting or raising a concern.

I recently received the video above. This shows an HGV reversing onto the busy A19 from Brookes Garage, Shipton-By-Beningborough. There is no option to turn around and/or manoeuvre on the garage site for such large vehicles.

Health and Safety risks are clear to see.

I have referred the video to a senior officer at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), who is the Highway Authority for the A19, with the request that they undertake the appropriate actions.

My research team have uncovered further information of concern in relation to the site. I am in the process of reviewing this and will share with NYCC as appropriate.

I advise everyone to be cautious when passing Brookes Garage, Shipton-By-Beningborough.

Posted in Hambleton, Roads

Immunity, Hiding Or Vaccine?

Over the past six months, I have witnessed many believing that to “protect” yourself from a virus you hide away and wait for a vaccine.

Weak Immune System

We can see from the above that not sleeping enough, bad diet and stress all weaken the immune system but the UK Government fails to inform the public of this. Instead, it creates stress and discourages access to Vitamin D by enforcing lockdown during summer.

Personal Experience

All my forefathers worked on East Riding farms on the Yorkshire Wolds. I grew up in a small village and we played outside which built up our immunity.

In my mid-twenties I was planning a trip to tribal areas of India having previously visited India on a few occasions. My Doctor was concerned to note I had never received a vaccination for TB like the vast majority of children born in the UK in the sixties did.

A test was done that confirmed I had built up immunity to TB. TB is the worlds biggest disease killer. It kills more than Hepatitis B, Pneumonia, HIV/Aids, Malaria and Coronavirus.

TB Alert, the UK’s national tuberculosis charity confirms:

“If you are healthy, you probably have a strong immune system and your body can fight off infections from bacteria or viruses easily. So if you breathe in TB bacteria, your immune system would probably kill them off straight away, without you ever getting ill or knowing about it.

But if you are run down or have another illness, your immune system might not be strong enough to fight the TB bacteria effectively. Stress, poor diet, certain medications, being pregnant or elderly can also weaken a person’s immune system.”

Immunity For Me

I put my trust in my Doctor, TB Alert and my experience, not a Government that at best makes it up as it goes along.

Your immune system is your best defence against Covid 19, TB and all viruses.

Dont take my word for it read TB Alert.

Posted in Covid 19

Irresponsible Parking – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Parking in Stamford Bridge is often challenging especially during the mornings when the shops are busy.

At 09.50 this morning I witnessed an East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) employee park on double yellows, on the footpath, outside the Co-op and in the main area were residents queue to go to the shops. In essence, they could not have parked in a worse place at that time.

The vehicle was still there 10 minutes later when I left.

I am fully aware of and support the need for the legislation that permits Council employees to park on double yellows if required to undertake their duties. BUT this must be reasonable and appropriate. In this case, it fails on both counts. There were more appropriate places to park at the time. Not on the footpath would be a starting point.

I have referred the matter to ERYC Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, Paul Bellotti. I have requested he ensures that all ERYC employees park in a reasonable and appropriate manner in future.

Posted in ERYC, Stamford Bridge

30 Hour Quarantine Window As Cases Increase

On 15 August I raised my concerns with Greg Knight MP in relation to the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” that the Government had adopted in relation to France. It is noted that this policy has continued to be adopted for more countries since.

My position is simple – If the situation in France necessitated a period of quarantine why permit a 30 hour period before the commencement of the requirement to quarantine?

Nine days later Greg’s response to me was rather concerning:

“So far as the delay between the quarantine requirement being announced and being implemented is concerned, I have asked ministers for clarification.”

Why is my MP unable to answer such an important question after nine days?

I have now waited over two weeks and Greg has failed to inform me of any clarification he has received.

Cases Increase

The country is now three weeks into the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy”. Our media is full of headlines informing us that cases of Covid are on the increase and local Lockdowns are everywhere.

As the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” is likely to be a contributing factor to the increase in cases I have requested Greg to:

  1. Inform me what clarification he has received from Ministers
  2. To request a review of the “30 hour period prior to quarantine policy” given the increase in Covid cases.

Further Information

Please read Covid Concerns – Greg Knight Open Letter

Posted in Covid 19