Swans - 332/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 29/03/2012
Date of response: 19/04/2012
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)
Thank you for your email dated 29 March 2012 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.
I would like to know how many people have been arrested because they have killed a swan and how many people have been arrested because they have harmed a swan.
I would like to know the punishments for the crimes.
I would like to know the figures for 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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 have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
As there is no specific code to allow us to look for crimes or incidents regarding swans this request has been researched using the keyword 'swan' in incidents and in the M.O field of crimes, and crimes of criminal damage to an animal, cruelty to animals and wildlife offences. In addition all arrests for criminal damage to a animal, cruelty to animals and wildlife offences have also been searched. The accuracy of this information therefore would rely on the word 'swan' being recorded.
2 people were arrested for injuring and killing swans in the time period specified.
Both were referred to the Youth Offending Team Youth Offender Panel.
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