Force Disclosure Unit
Wiltshire Police HQ
S Rhosier – by email
Tel 101 ext 62005
Date: 17th October 2019
ur ref: FOI 2019 / 1004
Reply contact name is: Nick Penny
Dear Sir or Madam,
I write in connection with your request for information dated 14th October 2019 concerning
cubbing / illegal foxhunting / trail hunting.
I am required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to handle all requests in a manner that is
blind as to the identity and motives of the requestor. Any information released as a response to a
request is regarded as being published and therefore in the public domain without caveat.
Your request for information has now been considered and – having liaised with our Business
Performance & Rural Crime Teams – I am now able to respond to you as follows :-
1. Since 2010, how many reports of cubbing / illegal foxhunting have been made to your
Since 2010 there have been 37 reports made to Wiltshire Police in respect of cubbing /
2. Since 2010, how many of those reports have been resolved as trail hunting ?
Since 2010, only 1 of these reports was identified as relating specifically to Trail Hunting.
3. Since 2010, how many of those investigations resolved as trail hunting have included
proof seen and verified by police of the purchase/acquisition of trail fluid for use in said
trail hunting ?
Please Note :-
Although there are defined Home Office codes for recording instances of Lamping, Hare
Coursing and so on, no codes currently exist under which it is possible to record specific
instances of either Cubbing or Trail Hunting.
The information you have requested could only be ascertained by reading the summary
description of the incidents that were reported. It needs to be noted that if an incident
related to a Trail or Drag Hunt but it was not specifically noted in the description then it will
not feature in the results recorded above.
It needs to be noted that in some instances, dogs involved in a Trail or Drag Hunt can
either flush out or be distracted by live quarry and - as as a consequence - this could
mean that an incident involving a Trail or Drag Hunt could end up being recorded as a
I am satisfied that all the relevant information has been passed to me and been considered in the
light of your request within the time constraints applicable under the legislation.
Wiltshire Police would like to thank you for the interest that you have shown in the Force.
Disclosure Decision Maker
Wiltshire Police offers a re-examination of your case under its review procedure.
Force Disclosure Unit
Wiltshire Police HQ, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2DN
Telephone 101 ext 62005
Freedom of Information Request Appeals Procedure
Who Can Ask for a Review
Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Police, which has been dealt with under
the Freedom of Information Act, is entitled to complain and request an internal review, if they are
dissatisfied with the response they received. 2.
How to Request a Review
Requests for review of a Freedom of Information request must be made in writing to the:
Force Disclosure Unit
Wiltshire Police Headquarters,
London Road, Devizes,
Email at email@example.com.
The reference number, date of the request and details of why the review is being requested must
be included. Requests for review should be brought to the attention of the Force Disclosure Unit
within 20 working days of the Force’s response to the original FoI request. 3.
Receipt of a request for review will be acknowledged in writing to include confirmation of the
reasons for the review. The review will be conducted by another Decision Maker, who is
independent from the original Decision Maker. The Force Disclosure Unit will set a target date for
a response. The response will be made as soon as is practicable with the intention to complete
the review within twenty working days. In more complex cases the review may take up to 40
The Independent Decision Maker will conduct a review of the handling of the request for
information and of decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest lies
in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of the
case, taking into account the matters raised by the complaint. 4.
Conclusion of the Appeal
On completion of the review the Independent Decision Maker will reply to the complainant with
the result of the review. If the complainant is still dissatisfied following the review they should
contact the Information Commissioner to make an appeal. The Information Commissioner can be
contacted via the following details:
Information Commissioner's Office
Tel: 01625 545 700
Fax: 01625 524 510