Ghost Sightings 5058_14

Request

– how many reports of ghosts, werewolves, witches and zombies have each separately been reported to West Midlands Police in the last three calendar years available? I would like the data for each year provided separately.

 

– which area did each report come from? ie Handsworth, Acocks Green etc

 

– any other detail included in the calls? ie seven werewolves attacking people etc

 

– what action was taken for each case?

Response

– how many reports of ghosts, werewolves, witches and zombies have each separately been reported to West Midlands Police in the last three calendar years available? I would like the data for each year provided separately.

 

Count of Incidents where the Special Interest Marker is ‘WEREWOLF’, ‘WITCH’, ‘ZOMBIE’

 

and ‘GHOST’ from 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2013

 

 

  2011 2012 2013 Total
Ghosts 2 5 7 15
Werewolves 0 0 0 0
Witches 15 19 21 55
Zombies 0 0 2 2
Total 17 24 31 71

 

 

– which area did each report come from? ie Handsworth, Acocks Green etc

 

LPU Location of Report   2011 2012 2013
Birmingham East 2 2 7
Birmingham North 3 3 3
Birmingham South 0 0 1
Birmingham West 3 4 1
Coventry 4 4 1
Dudley 2 1 0
Solihull 0 2 3
Sandwell 1 1 5
Walsall 1 1 6
Wolverhampton   1 5 4

 

 

– any other detail included in the calls? ie seven werewolves attacking people etc

 

The reports include ghost, zombie and witch sightings, hearing and communicating with the aforementioned, the use of witchcraft, claims to be a witch and witch hunters. I have not included items such as ‘she called me a witch’, ‘he was in a zombie like state’ etc

 

Communicating/ Hearing = 4

Sightings = 20

Witchcraft use = 41

Witch hunting =2

Other witch related = 4

 

– what action was taken for each case?

 

Result Action   2011 2012 2013
Advice Given   1 6 3
Completed Task/ Plan/Enquiry   2 3 5
False/ Malicious Call   2 1 3
Further enquiries/ Observations   1 0 0
Message Left/ Passed   2 0 0
No further Action – No police attendance   8 11 13
No trace   1 0 2
Report-Crime/ submitted   0 1 0
Resolved by other Force/Agency   2 1 4

 

Please find attached our response.

 

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.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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