999 Calls Supernatural Activity (2722_15)

Request

I would like to request all information relating to 999 emergency calls made to your force over the past 24 months (June 2013 to June 2015, or as near to those dates as possible) that concern any kind of paranormal or supernatural activity.

This would include any reference to ghosts, UFOs, vampires, ghouls, zombies and any other kind of supernatural being or spirit. To be clear, I am chief writer at FHM and this is for an article I am putting together about the paranormal.

I should prefer to receive these in electronic format at this email address, however, I am happy to receive them by post if that is more convenient (address below).

It also would be helpful if you could provide any brief notes which might be necessary to understand the context of the information provided, although I recognise that you are not obliged to do this.

If the information requested contains sections of confidential information, please blank out or remove those sections, and mark clearly that they have been removed.

Thank you very much for your help.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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