Disclosure Details

Sheep worrying - 169/16

Dated: 25 Nov 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act') 

Thank you for your e mail dated 2 February 2016 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. 

You asked:

From January 1 2015 to December 31 2015, how many incidents were reported and/or numbers of sheep were involved in the following:

Dogs chasing/worrying sheep

Dogs attacking/injuring sheep

Dogs killing sheep

I look forward to your response,  

 

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 information provided is based on a search of all wildlife / pets / domesticated animal related incidents  in 2015. From these  those containing the keywords of livestock, sheep, lamb, tup, ram, chasing, attacking or worrying have been viewed.  The below incidents are broken down into those where a dog was actually witnessed in the field with the sheep and those where someone has just reported a dog a being responsible - often it is not actually known if a dog was responsible or another wild animal for attacking the sheep.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Level of injury   Dog actually seen?

                             Yes        No

Worried                  13         3

Injured                     4         3

Killed                        3         3

Total                       20         9

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. 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish information via the Disclosure Log.  The aim of the Disclosure Log is to promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into the public arena. 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider public interest. 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the requester.

I have provided the relevant link below.

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/freedom_of_information/disclosure_log/ 

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