Reports of dogs attacking/worrying livestock

Richard Scott made this Freedom of Information request to Essex Police

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Dear Essex Police,

Could you please supply the number of reports of dogs attacking or worrying livestock in the Tendring area in the last 3 years, broken by down by village.

If this is too wide an area and would exceed cost limits, then please restrict to just the Wix, Bradfield and Mistley areas.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Scott

data foi, Essex Police

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Steve Grayton, Essex Police

Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

Thank you for your enquiry which has been logged under the above
reference. Having completed my enquiries I am able to respond as follows:

Could you please supply the number of reports of dogs attacking or
worrying livestock in the Tendring area in the last 3 years, broken by
down by village.

If this is too wide an area and would exceed cost limits, then please
restrict to just the Wix, Bradfield and Mistley areas.

The Crime Recording System used by Essex Police records the number of
offences in accordance with The Home Office Counting Rules
[1]http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/countru... rather than reports
of dogs "attacking or worrying livestock" which is what you have
requested.

Reports of dogs "attacking or worrying livestock" under the Dogs
(Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 is not a recordable offence and we do
not keep that data. The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 covers a number of
offences but the two recordable crimes that we record are (1) allowing dog
to be dangerously out of control in a public place and injuring any person
and (2) allowing dog to enter any private place and injure any person.

Would this information, rather than number of reports be of any use to
you?

In respect the wording of your request - In terms of Freedom of
Information, I am afraid that the specific information you were seeking
access to is not held by Essex Police in what is referred to as in a
readily accessible format.

For the purposes of section 17 (5) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) this response serves as a formal notification of refusal of your
request on the basis that Essex Police does not hold, for the purposes of
FOIA, the specific data in a readily accessible format. That is to say,
this data is not extractable from a central database or held in a
spreadsheet. To ascertain whether this information is held would entail a
manual search of Essex Police records; a process which would be likely to
exceed the appropriate limit (as mentioned at section 12 of the FOIA) in
terms of cost/time (*450 or the equivalent in time of 18 hours).

I am sorry that we are unable to provide the information requested.

Steve Grayton
Information Officer
Data Protection & Freedom of Information
Information Management
Strategic Change Management Department
Essex Police Headquarters
PO Box 2, Springfield, Chelmsford, CM2 6DA
Tel: 0300 333 4444 Ext 54551
Fax: 01245 452256
Email : data[Essex Police request email]
Personal email: [email address]
Website: www.essex.police.uk
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Fri 7:30 to 15:00

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Dear Steve Grayton,

Thanks for you reply - unfortunately, it's specifically incidents involving attacks on livestock which I'm interested in.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Scott