Cheshire Constabulary

Further to successful FOI requests made to APHA re the importation of trail fluid, please respond to the following:

1. Since 2010, how many reports of cubbing / illegal foxhunting have been made to your force?

2. Since 2010, how many of those reports have been resolved as 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?

S Rhosier

Freedom of Information, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear Sir/Madam

I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence received 14/10/2019 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 11/11/2019.

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

Tel :: 01606 362384

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Requests, Cheshire Constabulary

Dear S Rhosier,

 

REQUEST

1. Since 2010, how many reports of cubbing / illegal foxhunting have been
made to your force?

 

2. Since 2010, how many of those reports have been resolved as 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?

 

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 obtain the relevant information relating to the above request we would
need to complete a freetext text search for hunting related terms in the
incident description.

There are over 1700 incidents/occurrences for 2015-17 along using the
relevant key words. Each one would need to be reviewed to establish if it
was a report of cubbing/fox hunting. As for example, within the result
generated it would include non-relevant incidents reported by individuals
with for example ‘Fox’ as a surname.

 

It would take one member of staff approximately 5 minutes per record
equating to in excess of 141 hours of work for 2015-17 alone. 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.

 

Unfortunately, I am unable to offer you any alternative on this occasion
to provide you with any meaningful statistics.

 

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,

 

Lucy Taylor – Request Decision Maker

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Joint Corporate
Services

Clemonds Hey | Oakmere Road | Winsford | Cheshire | CW7 2UA

Phone: 01606 362384 | Email: [1][email address]

Visit [2]www.cheshire.police.uk | [3]www.cheshirefire.gov.uk

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