Disclosure Details

Sheep worrying - 013/17

Dated: 30 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 4 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. 

You asked: 

1. Please can you tell me how many cases of sheep worrying/attacks on sheep and killings of sheep caused by dogs happened in your area in the calendar year 2016. The figure can include all the different incidents together or separately.

2. Please can you also tell me how many dogs were shot as a result of the above – again for the calendar year 2016. 

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 in this FOI is based on a search of all wildlife / pets / domesticated animal related incidents in 2016. From these those containing the keywords of livestock, sheep, lamb, tup, ram, chasing, attacking or worrying have been viewed .

The incidents have then been 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.


                  Dog actually seen?

                       Yes         No

Worried              8           3

Injured               2           2

Killed                  1           1

Total                 11           6


2. No information held.  This is not recorded.


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.

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.