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Theft Of Fish (12824/17)


I am writing to ask for information held by your Police force under the provisions of the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA), ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS 2004 (EIR) and other legislation.

My request relates to all offences recorded by your force in respect of Theft Act (various and associated legislation) offences:

Theft of fish (including Carp)

Attempted theft of fish (including Carp)

Handling of stolen fish (including Carp)

To assist you my interest is in fish stolen, etc., from private waters, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and canals across England.

I ask that you release information for all such offences recorded over the period 2004-2016 relating to:

  1. Number and details of offences recorded each year
  2. Number of these offences investigated
  3. Alleged value of fish involved
  4. Outcomes from the investigations of any offences to include

(i) Proceeded against (to court)

(ii) Warned/Cautioned/Restorative Justice or other community resolution

(iii) Undetected/No further actioned


My interest is in theft etc., from fisheries primarily. This would include lakes, reservoirs etc. I have no interest in garden ponds or the like.


Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/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.