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Dear Mr Walter FOI Reference No: FOI-2013127/2364 Thank you for your request for information received by West Yorkshire Police on 09 December 2013. Please accept our apologies of the delay in dealing with your request. You requested the following information: I would like to request the following information regarding each hovering flight of the Police helicopter over my town of Newbury during the last year (from 1st December 2012 to 31st November 2013): 1. Date and time of hovering flight 2. Reason for flight (for example, "Missing person", "Assault" etc). I cannot find publicly available information on NPAS Benson which covers my town even though this information is readily available via Twitter for residents in other areas across the country. **Clarification provided 13.12.13** Date, time & number of tasks performed in the Newbury area together with a breakdown of the nature of those tasks **Clarification provided 20.12.13** Content to receive information about flights from the Benson base only Please see the below table showing flights over the Newbury area from the Benson base only between 4th August 2013 and 30th November 2013.
Date 01-Dec-12 01-Dec-12 05-Dec-12 08-Dec-12 14-Dec-12 15-Dec-12 29-Dec-12 Take Off 18:50 17:48 22:25 1:35 22:48 1:25 3:25 Task Type Decamp Burglary Non-Dwelling Firearms Incident Burglary Non-Dwelling Other Burglary Non-Dwelling Fear for Welfare Search

29-Dec-12 23-Jan-13 25-Feb-13 02-Mar-13 06-Mar-13 08-Mar-13 17-Apr-13 21-Apr-13 08-May-13 09-May-13 23-May-13 24-May-13 26-May-13 30-May-13 02-Jun-13 06-Jun-13 06-Jun-13 07-Jun-13 13-Jun-13 19-Jun-13 19-Jun-13 22-Jun-13 30-Jun-13 04-Jul-13 05-Jul-13 11-Jul-13 11-Jul-13 17-Jul-13 22-Jul-13 04-Aug-13 08-Aug-13 11-Aug-13 16-Aug-13 20-Aug-13 25-Aug-13 25-Aug-13 08-Sep-13 26-Sep-13 29-Sep-13 30-Sep-13 30-Sep-13 30-Sep-13 02-Oct-13 11-Oct-13 17-Oct-13

1:40 14:13 18:45 14:45 20:35 16:10 16:35 1:50 11:29 1:20 19:16 11:15 23:25 17:10 0:50 16:30 11:15 23:42 1:46 21:35 18:55 19:35 19:10 13:00 20:15 20:10 19:45 1:05 14:01 20:05 21:45 13:05 16:35 2:20 22:35 19:00 18:15 23:50 2:15 14:10 14:00 10:10 3:17 2:45 21:35

Suspicious Circs/Inc Suspicious Circs/Inc Other Photo/Video Fear for Welfare Search Misper Search Decamp Other Fear for Welfare Search Fear for Welfare Search Suspicious Circs/Inc Foot Pursuit Burglary Dwelling Misper Search Suspicious Circs/Inc Suspicious Circs/Inc Burglary Dwelling Theft Fear for Welfare Search Firearms Incident Firearms Incident Fear for Welfare Search Firearms Incident Photo/Video Photo/Video Firearms Incident Observer Training Suspicious Circs/Inc Photo/Video Ops Support - Other Search - Misper Search - Misper Search - CFW / Injured Person Search - Suspect Search - Vehicle Search - Misper Search - Vehicle Search - Other Search - Other Search - Suspect Search - CFW / Injured Person Search - Misper Pursuit - Vehicle Search - Misper Search - Vehicle

21-Oct-13 30-Oct-13 03-Nov-13 07-Nov-13 17-Nov-13 29-Nov-13

17:10 18:00 13:15 17:10 14:05 17:12

Search - Misper Search - Vehicle Search - Suspect Search - CFW / Injured Person Search - Misper Search - Misper

Please note that there were changes to the logging of flights changed in August 2013 therefore the ‘task type’ data appears slightly different from this date. ‘Other’ relates to incidents which do not fit into the pre-set categories. Police helicopters from other bases may have also attended the area. The above incidents occurred either in Newbury or the surrounding area. Instances when a helicopter has flown over Newbury on route to a different town are not included.

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