Disclosure Details

Hare coursing - 240/15

Dated: 19 Mar 2015

Date of request:      05/03/15

Date of response:    17/03/15

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

Thank you for your email dated 5 March 2015 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 by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

   Please could you tell me how many reports and recorded incidents of hare coursing there have been in the county each year since it was banned in the UK in February 2005?

In response:

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 Corporate Development 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.

The information provided has been collated by searching the description field of all incidents in the Northumbria Police area between February 2005 and February 2015 for the word 'coursing'. We were unable to include the word 'hare' as a free text search as this brought up all incidents with the word 'share' and other variations. The records extracted were then reviewed to establish if the incident related specifically to 'hare coursing'.

Year Total
2006 3
2008 1
2009 2
2010 3
2011 3
2012 2
2013 7
2014 2
2015 Jan & Feb 1
Total 24

In addition to the incidents shown there were four other incidents relating to 'coursing'  over the time period you specified, however there was no mention of what the quarry was.

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.

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