Disclosure Details

Dog Attacks - 837/12

Dated: 09 Nov 2012

Date of request:      26/10/2012

Date of response:   08/11/2012

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

Thank you for your email dated 26 October 2012 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Please answer the below in relation to recorded crimes

  1. How  many  children (aged 16 and under) have been attacked by dogs from January 2012 to date?

  2. How many were attacked from January 2011 to December 2011?

  3. Can I have details of the incidents, for example, how old the child was,  what injuries they suffered?

  4. How many dogs were put down as a result of the attacks? (in both January 2012 to date and January 2011 to December 2011)

  5. How  many  owners  were prosecuted as a result of the attacks? (in both January 2012 to date and January 2011 to December 2011)

In 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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided is  based  on crimes created between 1st January 2011 and 28th October 2012.  The victim’s age is based on how old they were at the time of the offence.

The information provided has been obtained by searches on the following HO codes.

  • 008/21 - Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place injuring any person 

  • 008/22 - Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non-public place and injure any person 

  • 111/01 – Set dog or animal to attack a person or animal 

  • 111/02 - Dangerous dog not kept under proper control 

  • 111/18 - Owner or person in charge allowing dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place, no injury being caused 

  • 111/19 - Owner or person in charge allowing dog to enter a non- public place causing reasonable apprehension of injury to a person

As  mentioned previously, it is not always recorded if a dog has been put down or not.

With the above in mind please see the below attached spreadsheet.

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 crime data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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