Considering the cases under your jurisdiction that in 2016 people were proceeded against at magistrates courts on offences under the Hunting Act 2004, could you please tell us, from the cases you investigated that led to these proceedings…
1) How many cases the animals hunted were foxes, deer, hares, mink, badgers, otters, rats, rabbits or others, respectively.
2) How many cases the accused was known to be a member of a registered hunt.
3) How many cases the dogs used in the alleged offences were terriers.
4) How many cases the case was based on the accused trespassing onto land to commit the alleged offence.
5) How many cases the alleged offence was equivalent to poaching.
6) How many cases the charge was for breaching section 5 of the Hunting Act 2004 (hare coursing).
Please find below our response.
We conducted a search for arrests during the requested time period for offences under the above act, however this search brought back no results.
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.
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