Once again, after being lied to, threatened and harassed by Herefordshire council, I have accepted their proposed legal action against me.
Followup ltr to Councillor re behaviour legal action 05-11-23 Lester_Redacted
I have asked local councillors for assistance, as can be read in my letter to one of them, below.
I have also requested the councillors obtain the court order allowing the continued monitoring of my website and social media, as the local council declared and conveyed to me was happening through their letter from the Director of Governance & Law, Claire Porter.
As of posting my letter and to date, neither councillor had contacted me. So I will write a follow up letter to them.
Below is a copy of an internal communication between Herefordshire Council staff regarding this website, blog, and ‘the service users’ me and my family, from March 2017, shortly before their campaign of harassment, psychological abuse and monitoring of my posts started, along with repeated threats and retraction of legal action, which continues to this date, and which adversely and irreversible affected and damaged my health.
All of these people, through action or inaction, helped conceal incidents or wrong or created erroneous records, including DoLS applications. Any of them could have spoken up at any time about the neglect or ill-treatment of my brother under Herefordshire Council & Priory Group ‘care’, but they chose to conceal or help conceal it.
Below is my letter of response to Herefordshire Council Claire Porter cc’d to Paul Walker, with a copy sent to Councillors for them to forward to Paul Walker.
Letter re behaviour Claire Porter 05-09-2023_Redacted
Yesterday I attempted to email a local Councillor to ask for their assistance.
Below is what I sent and what I received; an automated response from Mandy Appleby.
It’s evident monitoring and vetting of my confidential communications continue with an imposed prejudicial algorithm used to filter my emails.
A redacted copy of my sent email
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And the response I received
I question how many people in Herefordshire dealing with the Council have been blocked from contacting their councillors by the Council without a court order being imposed.
And if all other members of the public email communications have been prejudicially ‘blocked as spam’ and directed to Mandy Appleby, where a person has a dispute with the Council, as has happened to mine for no less than the past five years.
Below is a copy of my letter sent via post and emailed to Councillors asking them to forward it to Mr Paul Walker, regarding his colleague and head of legal department (Sean O’Connor) threatening, erroneous, demanding and vexatious letter to me dated 20th July 2023.
Letter to Paul Walker CEO 14-08-2023_Redacted red
To date, Herefordshire Council have said their years of monitoring of my web presence, the web site and my social media didn’t happen, later contradicting saying it did happen, admitted they had no lawful authorisation for monitoring or bypassing of network restrictions, repeatedly refused to admit to and disclose the extent of monitoring, claiming they hold no data of their activity, conflicting with irrefutable evidence both of us hold, and continue to threaten me with punitive action for requesting the details are provided to me.
A law unto themself.
Below is the redacted vexatious, threatening & demanding response I received from Herefordshire Council’s Paul via Claire Porter & Sean O’Connor, which can also be viewed at the threatening letter link: Threatening Letters
Letter Claire Porter Unreasonable Behaviour Herefordshire Council 09-2023
The above should also be read along side this post:
Another Aggressive and Vexatious Letter and Unreasonable Behaviour Policy
I received the below aggressive, vexatious, demanding and threatening letter and ‘Unreasonable Behaviour Policy’ from Herefordshire Council’s Head of Legal Services Sean O’Connor on the 22nd July 2023. The letter along with others received since 2017 can also be viewed here:
UBP 9 20-07-2023_Redacted plus policy
Below is my analysis and comments regarding Mr Sean O’Connor’s claims & statements in the letter, which I believe breaches the solicitors code of conduct.
- O’Connor says ‘The Council has responded to your Subject Access Request in full on 23 May 2022.’
Such is not wholly accurate or true, as can be seen in the ICO investigation ic-188010-v0j0 page under the blog sub menu. Logs and records of internet activity and searches of council staff relating to me and including my website and social media and comments were missing. Also missing were the two policy documents I requested, that being both RIPA policy documents, they providing only a hyperlink in the letter to one of the RIPA policies. And all records of outgoing phone calls to my numbers were missing.
- He continues, attempting to gaslight, ‘The Information Commissioners Office has dismissed your complaint and upheld the Council’s position in relation to your Subject Access Request on 16 January 2023.
What the ICO actually said in the letter of 16th January 2023 was ‘I have reviewed all the information in this case and am unable to conclude that the Council has not met their data protection obligations or that they have not complied with RIPA. The Council’s letter to you, dated 23 May 2022, provides their response to your SAR and clarifies their position in relation to your query about direct monitoring/surveillance. They have also reiterated this in their correspondence to the ICO. I appreciate that you disagree with the Council’s statement but the ICO is not in a position to dispute what you say about this matter and what the Council states.’
- O’Connor say ‘I have subsequently written to you to repeat the same and advised that the Council cannot assist you further.’
A fact I don’t argue, he has written and been deceitful and obstructive regarding the information I requested concerning Herefordshire Council’s years of unlawful monitoring. He has however, likely inadvertently, admitted in writing that the council had no authorisations for covert monitoring let alone from a magistrate.
- O’Connor says ‘Despite all of this, you have now commenced to email Councillors on the same matter. Between 07 June and 26th June 2023, 143 emails have been received by Councillors from you.’
His claim of 143 email is misleading and spurious, implying I have sent many tens of separate emails. When in fact I send one email to all councillors, on 7th June 2023, asking for councillors to acknowledge they received my email, due to monitoring & filtering of my email addresses by Herefordshire Council. Some days later, on the 16th June 2023, I send one more email to all councillors thanking those that responded and expressing my disappointment that some chose to disregard supporting me and that the email address used would no longer be responded to after the 18th June 2023.
There were a handful of communication to and from some councillors regarding attempting to obtain the information that I requested and which should have been provided to me along with a requested statement of truth from Mr O’Connor.
- He further says ‘ You are repeating the same points that have already been resolved by the Council and as supported by the ICO.’
The only reason the points have been repeated is because Herefordshire Council, has not resolved, but with obstruction by Sean O’Connor, has to date refused to provide copies of information requested which they have to hold. He has also not provided me with a statement of truth.
As a side note, Section 173(3) of DPA 2018 (see legislation link below) makes it an offence to alter, deface, block, erase, destroy or conceal information with the intention of preventing disclosure to individuals under the subject access provisions.
- O’Connor next says’ If you continue to contact the Council, Officers or Councillors about the same matters without raising new issues, or continue to refuse to accept our responses, the Council will take appropriate action against you under the unreasonable behaviour policy, a copy of which is enclosed.’
O’Connor Implies further repercussion punishment will be enforced for my daring to contact councillors for assistance in obtaining the missing information from my SAR, which to date has been withheld with claim they have complied, and his statement of truth. His demand concerning contacting councillors is in direct conflict with democratic rights. Only in the most extreme cases are these right taken away, via the courts.
He also implies I will be punished, regardless, because I do not accept the erroneous responses to date, having considerable evidence that the information requested exists and he is purposely assisting to conceal it.
- Lastly, O’Connor finishes by saying ‘Persistent contact on issues already answered has a significant impact on Council time and resources and the ability for them to deal with other customers who may need assistance.’
While I don’t argue other members of the public and users of local council service are equally, and some having more pressing matter than me, to be dealt with quickly & effectively, I firmly contest that Mr O’Connor nor the council has answered, as he calls it ‘issues’.
While my words may seem critical to some, I remind those reading, O’Connor has a duty to the local council but he as a solicitor let alone head one, has a duty to the public, and code of practice. Some reading may even believe he would have raised concern himself or request a review regarding the data, but no, to date, he has been aggressive, deceitful, vexatious and obstructive, assisting to conceal the information requested, and not supplied a statement of truth that I requested nor given a reason for refusal to do so.
As I said some time ago, I had hoped for a change for the better in Herefordshire Council with the introduction of a new CEO, and an end to the toxic culture, but this from experience of the continued harassment and psychological abuse has sadly not happened.
The raft of pages of other relevant information can be found under the blog submenu on the home page.
Below are censored screenshots of the account email used to contact councillors. The alleged by Sean O’Connor 143 emails received by Herefordshire Council, and those to and from councillors included along with tracking information emails can be seen in these screens. Some messages are duplicated as I wanted to show all messages on my side. However, I have redacted councillor details to maintain their anonymity. It’s also relatively clear from the screens when the council started filtering emails for monitoring of communications to/from councillors.
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As of writing this, I’ve waited five years to be taken to court by Herefordshire Council and for a trial regarding accusations since Council social care staff purposely misled and deceived the Court of Protection, accused me of cybercriminal offences & fabricated records after I exposed Priory Group neglect etc. of my adopted brother.
One stroke and an irreversible brain injury later, which needed urgent surgery due to Herefordshire Council’s continued psychological abuse, I’m still waiting for a trial, let alone a fair one.
The only thing I dread is, eventually, seeing and telling my brother that our mother passed away three years ago.
Denied of attending her funeral by Herefordshire Council and Priory Group, and visiting since, he remains alienated from family.
Below images are just some of The Priory Group’s keyword Internet searches from one of their network connections and brief analysis of the searches and dates.
I’ve requested several times that their solicitor contact me, however, they nor anyone else from their organisation has made contact with me regardless of repeatedly visiting and viewing this website, and me being an interested party in the care & welfare of my relative in their appalling ‘care’.
I have contacted The Priory Group via Twitter several times, requesting their solicitor contact me. As of writing this, they have disregarded all requests while continuing to visit this site, searching for information and viewing my social media posts.
Regardless of being an interested party in the health and welfare of my brother, they have completely alienated him from me since our mother died three years, ignoring a court order, which they appear free to do without consequence, and in my opinion clearly displaying disrespect toward the Court of Protection.
Below are a few of my posts to The Priory Group via Twitter.
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I tried to Skype my brother earlier today, on the off chance he was allowed his council supplied computer to be switched on for his birthday, and since Herefordshire Council confiscated the one I built for his needs which they wouldn’t allow him to have back. There was no answer. Skype now remaining switched off since 2019.