Sheep worrying - 063/16
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 14 January 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.
How many reports were made to the force in accordance with sec 9 of the animals act 1971 that a dog which was worrying sheep had been shot on farm land for the following periods:
a) The year to date?
b) Jan 1st 2014 - Dec 31st 2015
c) Jan 1st 2013- Dec 31st 2014
d) Jan 1st 2012- Dec 31st 2013
e) Jan 1st 2011- Dec 31st 2012
f) Jan 1st 2010- Dec 31st 2011
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.
As there is no specific code for 'worrying sheep' the information in this FOI is based on the number of incidents closed with a wildlife qualifier or wildlife closing code. The results have then been filtered to only include those relating to sheep / lambs, dogs being shot or an animal being destroyed, and each one has then been viewed to see if it meets the criteria of your request.
2012 - 2
2014 - 1
There were no other such instances.
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