Freedom of Information Log - April 2022 - March 2023

Please find below all Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests received by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire and the related responses. We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

April 2022 – March 2023

Last updated: 15th September 2022

Reference No.

Date Received

Date of Response due

Date of Response sent

Freedom of Information Request details

Response to Freedom of Information Request

Open/ Closed

PCC/April/2022/01

01/04/2022

03/05/2022

11/04/2022

I’m emailing you to request freedom of information answering the following questions:

 

What road victims support services do you offer?

Who provides your road victims support services?

Who is eligible for road victim support?

What number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support?

What number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support?

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

What road victims support services do you offer?  – The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has funded a number of organisations to provide roads victim support and this information can be found in the following decision paper on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/download/pcc-d-035-pdf/?wpdmdl=9113&refresh=6246d38dd224e1648808845 and the following press release – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/the-office-of-the-police-and-crime-commissioner-allocates-201-000-to-15-parish-and-town-councils-to-help-make-bedfordshires-roads-safer/

Who provides your road victims support services? – The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner has funded a number of organisations to provide roads victim support and this information can be found in the following decision paper on our website – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/download/pcc-d-035-pdf/?wpdmdl=9113&refresh=6246d38dd224e1648808845 and the following press release – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/the-office-of-the-police-and-crime-commissioner-allocates-201-000-to-15-parish-and-town-councils-to-help-make-bedfordshires-roads-safer/

In order to obtain the information and data that you require for who is eligible for road victim support, what number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support and what number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support, the OPCC contacted the Roads Victims Trust. The Roads Victims Trust have stated that this type of data does need further explanation and offered their details if you require any further information which is Mark Turner. The Roads Victims Trust stated that the figures provided cover Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire.

Who is eligible for road victims support? –  The Roads Victims Trust stated that the Offices of Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are signed up to Service Level and Information Sharing Agreements with the Road Victims Trust (RVT) – a registered charity. Details of all fatal collisions, and a significant amount of life-changing collisions are referred into the RVT. The RVT then offer free and unconditional support to all persons affect by the trauma resulting from these collisions. Each individual referred is case-managed and offered one to one Counselling for as long as is needed. Additionally practical support, such as support at Coronial and Criminal inquests, is provided. It should be noted that this support is offered to all persons who are adversely affected- a cohort that is much wider than those defined as victims under the Victims Code. This included the bereaved, family members, witnesses, drivers, work colleagues.

What number/percentage of road victims receive road victims support? – The Roads Victims Trust stated that it is not possible to answer this question with any degree of accuracy without a definition of what you are classing as a victim. The RVT service is available to all persons that are referred to them via the Tri-Force Collaborated Roads Policing Units. Each and every fatal collision that occurs cross Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is referred to the RVT, who, in turn offer the full range of their services to these people. Additionally, a significant number of life-changing collisions. So, it would be fair to surmise that every identified person who suffers adversely from the effects of a fatal collision is offered the service. By way of example – from 1st April 2021-17th March 2022 the RVT received 159 separate collision referrals (a mix of fatal and life-changing collisions) from across the 3 counties. From this a total of 675 people were referred by Police. These people were contacted by letter, received a phone call, and offered the RVT service of emotional and practical support. A total of 332 people accepted further RVT support that consisted of face-to-face counselling.

What number/percentage of road victims do not take up an offer of road victims support? – The Roads Victims Trust stated that in the reporting period (above) it would indicate that 343 people did not take up the full service – however it should be noted that all of these people had at least one phone call and letter/information that spoke of the RVT service.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

 

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PCC/April/2022/31

25/04/2022

24/05/2022

25/04/2022

I would like to ask a few questions for you to answer if possible?

 

1. Are you aware of any officers being involved in any corruption within your force?

2. If you are aware, can you outline the corruption issue?

3. How many members of staff (not just Police Officers) have been sacked from their position/s due to corruption?

4. Which gender is/has been most involved with corruption/corruptive behaviour?

5. Female officers: What is or has been the most popular issue of female officers being corrupt?

Male officers: What is or has been the most popular issue of female officers being corrupt?

6. What policies and/or procedures are in place to prevent officers from being involved in corruption?

7. Do you think your procedures/policies are working?

8. Have you witnessed an increase or decrease in corruptive behaviour of any officers within the past 12 months?

9. Have you personally witnessed any corruption conspiracies or know any other officer who has?

10. Is there any other information you would like to share regarding corruption conspiracies within your force and/or any other UK force?

Thank you for your email, however the information that you require is not held by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or online via Bedfordshire Police Force’s website at https://www.beds.police.uk/foi-ai/af/accessing-information/

 

Closed

PCC/May/2022/02

02/05/2022

 

30/05/2022

03/05/2022

Request for third party data of two Police Officers body worn footage and the recording of a third party phone call to the Police.

Thank you for your request to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, however the information that you require is not held. Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information Department at foi@beds.police.uk or via their website at https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/ to request for this information.

Closed

PCC/May/2022/14

09/05/2022

08/06/2022

27/05/2022

The qualitative and quantitative research you have undertaken (surveys, focus groups, depth interviews) that have focused on public or victim perceptions of policing in 2020/21 and 2021/22

What the outputs of any qualitative and quantitative research was in 2020/21 and 2021/22 and a copy of these

A breakdown of the budget and total costs for these surveys in 2020/21 and 2021/22

If production of this is outsourced or if any part is provided by an external supplier and who that supplier is

Details of any other spend on polling or surveys relating to police and crime

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question,

Response:

Please see attached two excel documents that breaks down all surveys/research completed and costings. One of these documents relate specifically to Bedfordshire Victim Care Services (BVCS) victim satisfaction surveys which is listed in the ‘FOI – Survey’ excel document.

We have also attached the survey outcomes for you to be able to review.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require any further information on this matter or if you require this information in an alternative format.

Please contact the OPCC if you would like a copy of the documents sent to the requestor.

 

Closed

PCC/May/2022/31

13/05/2022

14/06/2022

17/05/2022

I am doing a bit of research into how many Chief Constable have been recruited over the past few years. I just wondered whether Bedfordshire have recruited for this role over the past few years and if so, how many applicants were there?

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, there were 3 applicants for the role of the Chief Constable in Bedfordshire and the process run in 2019.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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PCC/May/2022/49

25/05/2022

24/06/2022

25/05/2022

I understand that a traffic survey was undertaken on Mile Road, Bedford during 2019, could I please obtain a copy. Also, could I please have accident statistics for the same road since 2017.

Thank you for your request, however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not hold the information that you have requested. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

 

Closed

PCC/May/2022/57

27/05/2022

28/06/2022

27/05/2022

Please provide me with the following info/data

1. Number of current Family Liaison Officers (FLO) working in your Force?

2. Number of FLO’s who are sworn officers or police staff?

3. Number of male and female FLO’s in your Force?

4. Number of years’ experience in policing for each FLO? (i.e. 0-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years, 16 years plus)

5. Years of experience as an FLO for each FLO? (i.e., 0-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-15 years, 16 years plus)

6. What number of FLO’s are in each department or section of your Force? (e.g., MIT, HMET, DA).

7. Number of FLO’s in your Force that were absent form work due to mental health problems from between April 2020 to March 2022?

8. Details of how FLO’s are recruited in your Force.

9. Details of any training courses for FLO’s provided by your Force.

10. Details of any support currently available to FLO’s in your Force.

Thank you for your request, however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not hold the information that you have requested. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

 

Closed

PCC/June/2022/25

16/05/2022

15/06/2022

16/06/2022

I confirm that in addition to my above enquiries this email is also a request to you as Bedfordshire PCC for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI). Please confirm the sum of public funds and resources that have been used since 20 January 2017 by Bedfordshire Police and/or the Bedfordshire OPCC in relation to this matter. Please also confirm what disciplinary action/criminal proceedings have been taken against Bedfordshire Police officers and/or staff and/or against Bedfordshire OPCC staff in relation to this child cruelty and serious corruption.  Please confirm what arrests and/or charges have been made against the individuals involved and the misuse of computers relating to documents.

In regards to your FOI request of the following information:

The OPCC has had no involvement in this case. We do not hold this information – please email the Force FOI Team using:  foi@beds.police.uk

In regards to this aspect of your FOI request:

Please confirm the purpose of your visit to Downing Street with the Conservative Wiltshire PCC Mr Philip Wilkinson and Conservative Sussex PCC on 14th March 2022.

The APCC hosted an away day for the Conservative PCC Group of PCCs, PFCCs and Deputies.

 

 

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PCC/June/2022/32

23/06/2022

21/07/2022

04/07/2022

Please provide me with a copy of your logo guidelines, branding manual or equivalent document.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire Victim Care Services (BVCS) does not have any branding manual or guidelines for their logos, however the OPCC are currently expanding their Communications Team and this is going to be worked through as part of a project for the team.

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PCC/June/2022/33

22/06/2022

20/07/2022

23/06/2022

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please could you supply the following information: 

1.         I would like to know whether Bedfordshire Police pension funds are invested in any of the following company’s or subsidiaries there of:

a.         BAE Systems                Company Number        01470151 

b.         Lockheed Martin           Company Number        00585852 

c.         AWE /Aldermaston       Company Number        02763902 

d.         General Dynamics        Company Number        01911653

e.         Northrop Grumman      Company Number        05989428

f.          Raytheon                      Company Number   00406809 

If you are not fully certain of what it is I am asking, then I look forward to contact from you as soon as possible to clarify what it is I am requesting in order to meet your obligations under legislation. 

Thank you for your request to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), however the OPCC does not hold the information that you have requested. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

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PCC/June/2022/34

13/06/2022

11/07/2022

23/06/2022

1.     Does this force intend to fully implement the searching policy as agreed by the NPCC on 9th December 2021 and if so, by which date will this be in place?

2.     What equality impact assessments have/will be carried out in advance of implementation with regard to other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, in particular, race, religion or belief, sex and disability?

3.     Advise in detail what impact you envisage this will have on women’s trust and confidence in Police and what mitigation you intend to put in place.

4.     Advise in detail whether a hate crime or a non-crime hate incident would be created under any circumstances if a woman objects to a male officer searching her and what these circumstances may be.

5.     Advise in detail what your position will be with regard to female police officers being required to strip search males self-identifying as a women and in particular, if you would support those officers having a right to refuse to carry out such searches.

6.     If you do not intend to fully implement the searching policy, please advise in detail what the position of this force will be.

The issues raised have been noted however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold the information that you have requested.

Please contact Bedfordshire Police Force Freedom of Information department directly to request for this information either by email at FOI@beds.police.uk or via the Bedfordshire Police website at: https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

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PCC/June/2022/39

18/06/2022

15/07/2022

24/06/2022

Please can you send us the schedule for Festus’ school visits across the county.

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, please see Past Events and Engagements – Bedfordshire PCC on the OPCC website for schools visited. No dates have been confirmed in the academic year for 22-23 as this needs to be arranged in September 2022.

Under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information is exempt from disclosure if—

(a)   the information is held by the public authority with a view to its publication, by the authority or any other person, at some future date (whether determined or not).

The OPCC will be releasing the upcoming dates within the near future and by the end of the calendar year.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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PCC/July/2022/03

01/07/2022

29/07/2022

10/08/2022

I’m doing research into the catalogue of failings by the British police over the past 50 years. I am unable to find such inefficiencies within the Singapore Police Force hence I have to look to the United Kingdom because there is a lot of material there.

I would need more information on the spending wastages (if any) by the PCC departments and also any other documents that will aid in my research is most welcome.

 

 

 

Request closed – further clarification requested and no response received.

PCC/July/2022/09

05/07/2022

02/08/2022

06/07/2022

Can I please request a breakdown of expenditure of the police crime commissioners office and associated staff under the freedom of information act

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, detail of expenditure can be found on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioners (OPCC) website, using the following links.

Commissioned Services/Funded Organisations: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/commissioned-services/

Decisions surrounding expenditure within the OPCC: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/decisions/

Expenses for Senior Employees within the OPCC (“Senior Employee” means a member of the staff of an elected local policing body whose salary exceeds £58,200): https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/expenses/

Financial information including comprehensive information on expenditure, resources, and decisions: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/financial-information/

Annual accounts for the OPCC: https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/annual-accounts/

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

 

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PCC/July/2022/10

05/07/2022

02/08/2022

06/07/2022

I would like to request the following data, broken out by calendar year (and local authority location if possible), for the past 10 years starting with 2022 if available:

1. What are the most commonly stolen car parts from the vehicles in the UK (by local authority area).

2. The total number of reports of stolen car parts from the vehicles in the UK (by local authority area)

3. What are the most commonly stolen items from within the vehicles in the UK (by local authority area).

4. The total number of vehicle break ins reported in the UK (by local authority area) 5. The total number of vehicles stolen according to police definition (by local authority area).

6. The number of convictions from vehicles stolen according to police definition (by local authority area).

Thank you for your request, however the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire does not hold the information that you have requested. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

 

Closed

PCC/July/2022/11

05/07/2022

02/08/2022

26/07/2022

Is it possible to have a copy, requesting under The Freedom of Information Act 2000, of the information relating to the “due diligence checks” undertaken on or against ACCM (UK) please?

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor.  Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question, I can provide the attached spreadsheet.

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

Please contact the OPCC to request for the spreadsheet if required.

 

Closed

PCC/July/2022/30

19/07/2022

16/08/2022

19/07/2022

I was really interested to read about the high rate of mental health call outs experienced by Bedfordshire Police in 2021. I wondered if there was any more detailed account of this analysis. I am co-directing the new Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre and we are interested in how to measure call outs for these reasons and the amount of officer time they take up.

 

Thank you for contacting the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner and for your interest in the mental health call out rates experienced by Bedfordshire Police in 2021.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner does not hold the information that you have requested. Please request this from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at:

https://www.beds.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/rip/request-information-police/request-information-about-police/foi-request-form/

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PCC/Aug/2022/17

28/07/2022

25/08/2022

24/08/2022

BVCS Freedom of Information Request

Request for BVCS service procedure, list of trustees, funders, and senior management structure.

 

We write in connection with your request for information received on 28 July 2022 and note that you seek access to the following information:

  • A copy of the Bedfordshire Victim Care Services (BVCS) Service Agreement
  • The Senior Management Structure of BVCS
  • A list of trustees and funders of BVCS

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question:

  • A copy of the Bedfordshire Victim Care Services (BVCS) Service Agreement – within your email you state that you wished for a copy of the service agreement that states ‘those with mental health difficulties, OR those under CMHT are denied a support service if victims of crime’. There is no agreement that states this, as BVCS do provide support to individuals within the community that have Mental Health issues, supported by the two mental health nurses in the Force Control Room.
  • The Senior Management Structure of BVCS – The Senior Management Structure for BVCS can be found on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website using the following website link  – https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/meet-the-team/
  • A list of trustees and funders of BVCS – BVCS are funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire and do not have any trustees.

 

Closed

PCC/Aug/2022/43

23/08/2022

20/09/2022

23/08/2022

This is an information request relating to purchases of LGBT merchandise, visits to LGBT pride parades, and the wrapping of police vehicles in rainbow decorations

Please include the information for each of the following periods; 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22:

  • Annual purchases of LGBT+ merchandise (for example, rainbow flags, bunting, lanyards, wristbands, stickers, balloons, pins) including the total quantity of LGBT+ merchandise purchased and the expenditure. Please provide a breakdown of what was purchased
  • Annual expenditure on wrapping police vehicles in rainbow decorations and the number of vehicles wrapped. Please provide pictures if possible
  • Whether or not the police force has attended any Pride events in the mentioned financial years, including which events, the number of officers which attended the events, and how much was spent attending each event

 

Thank you for your request to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), however the OPCC do not hold the information that you have requested. This must be requested from Bedfordshire Police Force directly at FOI@beds.police.uk or via their website at: Make an FOI request to ask for information about the police | Bedfordshire Police (beds.police.uk)

 

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PCC/Sep/2022/30

12/09/2022

11/10/2022

14/09/2022

Please can your organisation provide in Excel CSV format, the following information:

a)       The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of FTE), that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst other guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project managers” but would not include general HR managers.

b)       Either a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in accordance with your data preferences.

c) In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your organisation which have been committed to attending equality training programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. (staff days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the number of staff in attendance for the course).

d)       The contractual cost of any consultants hired, in the past twelve months, to provide any external training or advice on issues of diversity, equality, or inclusivity.

e)       In the past twelve months, the number of staff days committed to attending conferences relating mainly or exclusively to matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. (duration of conference multiplied by the number of staff in attendance).

f)        The costs of attending these conferences.

g)       Membership costs the organisation pays for participation in equality charters such as the Stonewall Equality Champions, or Diversity and Inclusion Workplace champions.

 

We are required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) to handle all requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any information released in response to a request is regarded as being published and therefore, in the public domain without caveat.

With reference to your recent enquiry and in response to your question:

a) There are no roles within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity.

b) As above, there are no roles for this therefore no pay bandings can be provided.

c) In the past 12 months, there has been no staff days at the OPCC which have been committed to attending equality training programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. However, OPCC staff are required to complete a mandatory module on Equality and Diversity within their online learning platform.

d) As above, there has been no staff days/training on this area therefore no contractual costs of any consultants hired, in the past twelve months on issues of diversity, equality, or inclusivity.

e) There has been no staff days in the past twelve months, committed to attending conferences relating mainly or exclusively to matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

f) As above, therefore no costings within this area at the OPCC.

g) There has been no membership costs that have been paid by the OPCC for participation in equality charters such as the Stonewall Equality Champions, or Diversity and Inclusion Workplace champions.

As Bedfordshire Police are a separate entity to the OPCC, if you require this information from Bedfordshire Police, their Freedom of Information department is contactable at FOI@beds.police.uk

We hope this information proves useful. Please come back to us if you require further assistance on this matter.

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