Uffmoor Woods (9198/17)

Request

I have been a regular user of the above wood for exercising my dog or my families Dogs.

I exercise them in the woods off the leads and have never had any issues with the other users be they walkers, Bird or Wild Life watchers.

The woods have been summarily closed with the reasons given being fighting dog, dog waste, and anti-social behaviour which included Sexual behaviour and Drug dealing.

I am concerned that there may be other reasons and the dog issues are being used as a smoke screen by the Woodland Trust.

They advised me that the Police have been called to the site many times in the last few years and have recorded these visits in their records.

I have chatted several times to Officers who have been in the Car Park on the site as I leave my car for my walk.  One has even asked me about unusual activities in the wood and or on the car park.  I have noticed the occasional lone male in their car or in the woods but not thought anything of this.  There is of course some paraphernalia for Drugs often seen on the floor around the car park but I have never seen anyone actually dealing or if they were it was not an obvious act.

I would like to raise a Freedom of Information Enquiry for this site and its surrounding area to establish the number of times that the West Midlands Police close to the Woods and any other Stations have attended the site for the last five years including the reasons for the attendance.

If I have not completed this request correctly please advise how this should be done in order that I can obtain the information requested.

Response

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.

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