Number of complaints about Fox Hunting

The request was refused by Northamptonshire Police.

Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Please can you tell me how many complaints you have had related to Fox Hunting, Hunt supporters, riders, vehicles and foot followers in the last three years.
Please can you tell me how many complaints you’ve had about Anti-hunt monitors/Sabs in the last three years?

Yours faithfully,

Rita Harding

Dear Northamptonshire Police,

Could you please respond to this request as it is now very overdue?

Yours faithfully,

Rita Harding

Barrett Anthony,

Dear Ms Harding

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Thank you for your email. The current delays with responses to Freedom of Information requests are due to resourcing and an increased volume, this is being addressed but it will be some time before we are able to catch up. The ICO are aware of our situation however if you wish to make your case know to them, please contact them at https://ico.org.uk/

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Lobb David,

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Dear Rita Harding,

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION  Our Ref:
002356/19

 

With reference to your e-mail received 14/02/2019 requesting information:

 

Please can you tell me how many complaints you have had related to Fox
Hunting, Hunt supporters, riders, vehicles and foot followers in the last
three years.

Please can you tell me how many complaints you’ve had about Anti-hunt
monitors/Sabs in the last three years?

 

 

This is to inform you that Northamptonshire Police will not be able to
complete the response to your request within 20 working days. However,
every effort will be made to ensure that you receive an appropriate
response as soon as possible. The ICO is aware and we are currently
enacting a recovery plan.

 

On behalf of Northamptonshire Police, I do apologise for any inconvenience
that may be caused by this delay and if you wish to discuss this any
further then please contact the undersigned.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

David Lobb

DC0596| Freedom of Information Officer and Researcher

Force Information Unit | Professional Standards Department

Northamptonshire Police

 

Telephone: 101 | Ext No. 343701 - (If calling from outside
Northamptonshire, please call 03000 111 222)

Email:  [1][email address] Address: Force Headquarters,
Wootton Hall, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton NN4 0JQ

 

Northamptonshire Police "Putting Communities First"

 

The content of this email should be treated as RESTRICTED unless otherwise
indicated

 

 

 

 

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Broughton Catherine (Volunteer),

Dear Ms Harding

Thank you for your Freedom Of Information request ref 002155/19

I write to advise you that there is a substantial backlog in
processing Freedom of Information Requests. Regrettably, one of the
delayed requests is yours. Northamptonshire Police would like to apologise
for that delay. To improve this situation we have been working closely
with the Information Commissioners Office.

The force is attempting to provide a long term solution to this problem
and in the interim we are taking action to deal with the backlog and put
in place a more resilient service. To assist in making those improvements
and in support of meeting future demands, we would ask that if you
no-longer require our response could you please advise us as such by
return of this email.

Your assistance in this matter would be very much appreciated, helping us
to improve our response times for future requests. If we have not received
a response from you by 02/07/2019 we will assume that you still require a
response and will look to provide it in due course.

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Northamptonshire Police

 

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Broughton Catherine (Volunteer),

Dear Ms Harding

Thank you for your Freedom Of Information request ref 002356/19.

I write to advise you that there is a substantial backlog in
processing Freedom of Information Requests. Regrettably, one of the
delayed requests is yours. Northamptonshire Police would like to apologise
for that delay. To improve this situation we have been working closely
with the Information Commissioners Office.

The force is attempting to provide a long term solution to this problem
and in the interim we are taking action to deal with the backlog and put
in place a more resilient service. To assist in making those improvements
and in support of meeting future demands, we would ask that if you
no-longer require our response could you please advise us as such by
return of this email.

Your assistance in this matter would be very much appreciated, helping us
to improve our response times for future requests. If we have not received
a response from you by 29/07/2019 we will assume that you still require a
response and will look to provide it in due course.

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Officer

Northamptonshire Police

 

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Barrie Gemma,

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Dear Ms Harding   

 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION Our Ref: 002356/19

 

With reference to your e-mail received 14/02/2019 requesting information
reproduced below:

 

Please can you tell me how many complaints you have had related to Fox
Hunting, Hunt supporters, riders, vehicles and foot followers in the last
three years.

Please can you tell me how many complaints you’ve had about Anti-hunt
monitors/Sabs in the last three years?

 

The information you are requesting is not held by Northamptonshire Police
in any reasonably retrievable form. The only means of establishing
information of the nature you are requesting would be by way of manual
examination of each incident. This is because whether the incident was
regarding the hunt or the Anti-hunt monitors is not recorded in a
searchable format.

 

It is my assessment that the cost of providing you with the information
requested would exceed the 'appropriate level' as set out in the Freedom
of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

 

My assessment is that it would cost 260 (number of incidents) x 5 minutes
each (minimum) = over 21 hours at £25 per hour to respond to your request,
which exceeds the 'appropriate limit' (currently £450 for 'prescribed
costs').

 

In view of the above, and in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act 2000, please take this letter as a Refusal Notice.

 

You may wish to refine and resubmit your request so that it reduces the
costs shown above and is then within the 'appropriate limit' shown above.
(I cannot think of a means to refine the request in order to provide the
information you are seeking) but if you would like some further
information about how to proceed with your request then please contact the
undersigned.

 

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
purposes.

 

I trust you find this information to be satisfactory but if you have any
further queries please do not hesitate to contact me. On behalf of
Northamptonshire Police I would like to apologise for the delay in getting
this information to you.

 

Northamptonshire Police provides a review and appeals procedure within the
terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. If you decide to make an
appeal and, having followed the full process you are still dissatisfied,
you will then have the right to direct your comments to the Information
Commissioner who will give due consideration to the matter. See Appendix
'a' attached.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Gemma Barrie

C1374 Gemma Barrie| Freedom of Information Officer and Researcher

Force Information Unit | Professional Standards Department

Northamptonshire Police

 

Telephone: 101 | Ext No. 343701 - (If calling from outside
Northamptonshire, please call 03000 111 222)

Email: [1][email address]

Address: Force Headquarters, Wootton Hall, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton
NN4 0JQ

 

Northamptonshire Police "Putting Communities First"

 

The content of this email should be treated as RESTRICTED unless otherwise
indicated

 

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