I am trying to obtain information about cases your force has dealt with involving offences under the Hunting Act 2004, covering the period from February 2005 (when the Act came into force) through to December 2016. The data I am specifically seeking has been laid out by another force in the following way, which explains what I am looking for:
|Arrest/Summons||Police Outcome||Court Result|
|1||Arrest||Charged and Bailed To Court||Discontinued by CPS|
|2||Arrest||Charged and Bailed To Court||Discontinued by CPS|
|3||Arrest||Charged and Bailed To Court||Discontinued by CPS|
|4||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Found guilty. Fine £375|
|5||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Dismissed at Court|
|6||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Dismissed at Court|
|7||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Discontinued by CPS|
|8||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Discontinued by CPS|
|9||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Discontinued by CPS|
|10||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Discontinued by CPS|
|11||Summons (no arrest)||Summons||Discontinued by CPS|
|12||Arrest||No Further Action (No charge/summons)||No court hearing|
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.