Big cat sightings

Aimee Stanton made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cheshire Constabulary as part of a batch sent to 44 authorities

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Cheshire Constabulary.

Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

Can I please request, in the form of a spreadsheet such as Excel or CSV file, an itemised list of all "big cat" sightings reported from 1 January 2014 to the present day.

A "big cat" is a large cat not native to the UK, often described as a "leopard", "puma" or "panther".

To include, for each sighting:
Location of sighting (inc. coordinates if held)
Date / time of sighting
Description of the sighting
Action taken

Yours faithfully,

Aimee Stanton

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 08/04/2019 which is
being dealt with as a request for information in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.
I am in the process of dealing with your request and will respond in due
course and in any case by 08/05/2019.

Please note that you will not receive a response if you have previously
been issued with a notice under section 14 of the act relating to the
subject of this request.

Please contact us by email at [1][email address] if you
have any further enquiries.

Regards

The Requests Team
Information Compliance
Cheshire Constabulary HQ
Clemonds Hey
Oakmere Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2UA

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1 Atodiad

Dear Ms A Stanton

 

Clarification

Thank you for your request. In order for us to proceed with your request
we need clarification of what information you require.

YOUR REQUEST:

Can I please request, in the form of a spreadsheet such as Excel or CSV
file, an itemised list of all "big cat" sightings reported from 1 January
2014 to the present day.

 

A "big cat" is a large cat not native to the UK, often described as a
"leopard", "puma" or "panther".

 

To include, for each sighting:

Location of sighting (inc. coordinates if held) Date / time of sighting
Description of the sighting Action taken

 

CLARIFICATION:

 

Can you confirm a list of key words you wish to be searched in regards to
“Big Cat”.

 

Please note – should no clarification be received from you within 2 months
from the date of this email we will assume that you do not wish to
continue with your request and you request will be closed.

 

Regards,

 

 

Kerry Holland – Request Compliance Officer

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Joint Corporate
Services

Information Compliance | Cheshire Constabulary | Clemonds Hey | Oakmere
Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA

Phone: 01606 362384 | Visit [1]www.cheshire.police.uk |
[2]www.cheshirefire.gov.uk | Follow [3]@cheshirepolice and @CheshireFire
on Twitter | Like [4]Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
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Dear Cheshire Constabulary,

Thank you for your reply.

I would appreciate it if you could search for the following key words:

Big cat
Puma
Panther
Leopard

Yours faithfully,

Aimee Stanton

Requests, Cheshire Constabulary

2 Atodiad

Dear Miss Stanton

 

YOUR REQUEST:
Can I please request, in the form of a spreadsheet such as Excel or CSV
file, an itemised list of all "big cat" sightings reported from 1 January
2014 to the present day.

A "big cat" is a large cat not native to the UK, often described as a
"leopard", "puma" or "panther".

I would appreciate it if you could search for the following key words:

Big cat

Puma

Panther

Leopard

OUR RESPONSE:

 

Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) places two duties
on public authorities.  Unless exemptions apply, the first duty at
s1(1)(a) is to confirm or deny whether the information specified in a
request is held.  The second duty at s1(1)(b) is to disclose information
that has been confirmed as being held.  Where exemptions are relied upon
Section 17 of the FOIA requires that we provide the applicant with a
notice which: a) states that fact; b) specifies the exemptions in question
and c) state (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the
exemption(s) applies.

 

From our preliminary assessment we are unable to provide this as it would
exceed the appropriate costs limit under section 12 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This is currently £450. The basis for this
calculation is the cost of retrieving the data to answer your questions.

 

To provide the information relating to the above request we would need to
read through every incident relating to this subject. There are over 300
incidents with one of those terms in during Jan 14 and Feb 18 relating to
this subject.  It is estimated to take one member of staff approximately 5
minutes per incident equating to in excess of 50 hours of work. Your
entire request is therefore refused.

 

The appropriate limit is defined in the Data Protection and Freedom of
Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004, which is
covered by statutory Instrument Number 3244 of 2004. Furthermore, Section
12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 allows a public authority to
refuse to respond to a request for information where the cost of
compliance would exceed the appropriate limit as defined by the above
mentioned regulations.

 

However, if you wish to redefine your request to maybe one year of data we
may be able to assist you with your enquiry if you chose to resubmit. 

 

If you are not satisfied with the decision applied in this case I enclose
for your attention a copy of the Constabulary's appeal procedures.

 

Regards

 

 

Sarah Davies – Information Officer

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Joint Corporate
Services

Information Compliance | Cheshire Constabulary | Clemonds Hey | Oakmere
Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA

Phone: 01606 366556| Visit [1]www.cheshire.police.uk |
[2]www.cheshirefire.gov.uk | Follow [3]@cheshirepolice and @CheshireFire
on Twitter | Like [4]Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
on Facebook

 

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This communication is intended for the addressee(s) only. Please notify
the sender if received in error. Internet email is not to be treated as a
secure means of communication. The Constabulary monitors all Internet and
email activity and requires it is used for official communications only.
Thank you for your co-operation.

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