Fox Hunting (84A/20)

Request

For each year from 1st January 2015:

Would it be possible for you to conduct a search at West Midlands Police, searching for key words ‘fox’, ‘trail’ and ‘hunt’ under the result codes ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Highway disruption’ for the following:

Incidents of hunts and/or their hounds causing disruption to road users and traffic, including the date, location, description of the incident and any action taken in response by West Midlands Police. This might include the injury/death of hounds, hounds chasing animals across the road, or the build-up of traffic due to the hunt’s presence.

Response

Following receipt of your request, a search of our incident recording system was conducted using the criteria specified above. This search produced 464 results, each of which were then manually examined to determine their relevance.

I can confirm that none of these results were relevant to your request (for example, part of the word Trailer, Dead Fox in Road).

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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