Dear Northumbria Police,
Please supply figures for the number of dogs seized as a banned breed type under the Dangerous Dogs Act during 2016.
Please also supply the number of dogs seized as a banned breed type who were returned as "not type" prior to any court proceedings for the same time period.
Please supply figures for the number of dogs seized as a banned breed type who were found not guilty in a court for the same time period.
Please also supply figures for each of the above from 1 January 2017 to 1st July 2017
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of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your e mail dated September 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.
1.Please supply figures for the number of dogs seized as a banned breed
type under the Dangerous Dogs Act during 2016.
2.Please also supply the number of dogs seized as a banned breed type who
were returned as "not type" prior to any court proceedings for the same
3.Please supply figures for the number of dogs seized as a banned breed
type who were found not guilty in a court for the same time period.
4.Please also supply figures for each of the above from 1 January 2017 to
1st July 2017
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
Operations 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.
4. 9 dogs seized, none returned as not being of type, none lost at
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
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