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Missing documents at The National Archives
FOI request reference: F0035534
MEPO 3/140: Jack The Ripper: Emma Elizabeth Smith. NOTE: reported missing 19 December 1983.
MEPO 3/141: Jack The Ripper: Petitions: suspects and offers of rewards. NOTE: folios 33-135 reported missing 19 December 1983.
I would like to see the correspondence relating to the discovery of the missing documents cited above.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you two rights of access when you write to us asking for information. You have the right to know whether we hold the information that you are looking for, and you have the right to have the information given to you. These rights may only be overridden if the information you are looking for is covered by an exemption in the Act.
Please see the following two documents which fall within the scope of your request for correspondence relating to the discovery of the missing documents cited above. This is the only information which is held by The National Archives relating to your request.
Some of the information which you are looking for is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Act (by virtue of section 40 (3) (a) (i)). This means that we cannot release those parts and they will be redacted.
Section 40 exempts personal information about a 'third party' (someone other than the requester), if revealing it would breach the terms of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. The DPA prevents personal information from release if it would be unfair or at odds with the reason why it was collected, or where the subject had officially served notice that releasing it would cause them damage or distress.
In this case the exemption applies because the correspondence contains the name of a member of the public who reported the documents missing to TNA staff. This individual, who is assumed to still be living, would have no expectation that he would be identified in the wider public domain in this manner. To do so would be a breach of the terms of the Data Protection Act in that release of this information in this context would be at odds with the reason for its collection and may cause distress to the individual concerned.
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