Fox hunting - 009/17
Dated: 27 Jan 2017
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated 3 January 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
Please could you tell me how many reports of fox hunting (under the Hunting Act 2004) you have received in the past 5 years (since January 2012 to present)?
May I have the information broken down by date, location, the nature of the incident and the outcome of the incident (eg arrest, charge)?
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The response provided below is based on a keyword search of the incident description (first three lines of the incident) looking for ‘fox’ and ‘hunt’, for incidents recorded between 01/01/2012 and 19/01/2017. The response includes reports of any kind of fox hunting under the Hunting Act 2004, eg large organised hunts as well as lamping, and will include those reports that are not necessarily proven to be fox hunting.
The nature of the incident is reports of fox hunting
In terms of the outcome of the incidents, there were no arrests or charges.
With the above in mind please see the below that answers your request in full.
Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another. Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.
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