Northumbria Police

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

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Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

 

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information that Northumbria Police may hold in accordance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We are in the process of dealing with your request and a response should
be provided to you by 15 November 2019 which is in accordance with the
legislation.

 

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Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom
of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

 

Thank you for your email dated 17 October 2019 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.

 

You asked:

 

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?

 

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I
provide a response for your attention.

 

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) guidelines state that:

A public authority must confirm or deny whether it holds the information
requested unless the cost of this alone would exceed the appropriate
limit.

I can neither confirm nor deny that the information you require is held by
Northumbria Police as to actually determine if it is held would exceed the
permitted 18 hours therefore Section 12(2) of the Freedom of Information
Act would apply. This section does not oblige a public authority to comply
with a request for information if the authority estimated that the cost of
complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit of 18 hours,
equating to £450.00

You should consider this to be a refusal notice under Section 17 of the
Act for your request.

I have set out the reasons for this below.

In an attempt to answer this request  searches were carried out to
retrieve  the number of recorded incidents classified as either ‘wildlife’
related or where the opening description contains either of the following
phrases; "cubbing", "fox hunting" or "hunting" since April 2010.  This
returned in excess of 2,000 incidents, each of  which would require a
manual review to establish if any met the criteria of this request.  Even
at a conservative estimate of 3 minutes per record, which we have
considered as reasonable, we have estimated that to extract the 
information, if held, at point 1 alone would take over 100 hours.  Further
time would then be required to establish a response at points 2 and 3. 
Section 12 is therefore relevant.

 

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.

 

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual
property rights of Northumbria Police. Your use of the information must be
strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as
amended) or such other applicable legislation. In particular, you must not
re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

 

You may be interested to know that Northumbria Police routinely publish
information via the Disclosure Log. The aim of the Disclosure Log is to
promote openness and transparency by voluntarily placing information into
the public arena.

 

The Disclosure Log contains copies of some of the information that has
been disclosed by Northumbria Police in response to requests made under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Whilst it is not possible to publish all responses we will endeavour to
publish those where we feel that the information disclosed is in the wider
public interest.

 

The Disclosure Log will be updated once responses have been sent to the
requester.

 

I have provided the relevant link below.

 

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How to complain

 

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have
handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue
informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our
complaints procedure, attached.

 

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and
reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information
Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain
whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Michael Cleugh

Data Protection and Disclosure Advisor

 

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'Northumbria Police will be outstanding in the service we provide'

'We will do this through protecting the Vulnerable, delivering quality
Investigations and applying Problem solving to everything we do to protect
the communities we serve.'

 

 

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE The information
contained in this message and any attachment(s) is confidential and
intended only for the attention of the named organisation or individual to
whom it is addressed. The message may contain information that is covered
by legal, professional or other privilege. No mistake in transmission is
intended to waive or compromise any such privilege. This message has been
sent over public networks and the sender cannot be held responsible for
its integrity. If you are not the intended recipient be aware that any
disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in reliance of the
information contained herein is strictly prohibited, and is contrary to
the provisions of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act, 1988 and of the
Data Protection Act, 2018. Any views expressed are those of the sender
and, unless specifically stated, do not necessarily represent the view of
Northumbria Police. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage
sustained as a result of software viruses. It is your responsibility to
carry out such virus checking as is necessary. If you have received this
message in error, please notify the sender by e-mail at once and delete
the message immediately. For more information about Northumbria Police
please visit our website - http://www.northumbria.police.uk

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