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Hunt Gatherings

Question

1. Can I request how many organised hunt gatherings there were in the Avon and Somerset Police area on December 26th 2015. How many of these gatherings had Police Officers in attendance and where Police attended how many arrests were made.  

2. Further, since the implementation of the act in 2005, how many arrests have been made in the force area. 

3. As a general query, can I ask if bringing a pack of hounds to a gathering is in effect going ‘equipped to hunt’. In the same way that carrying a crowbar or jemmy is ‘going equipped’ to commit forced entry? In which case why don’t Police officers stop the dogs being released, which would stop the hunt and negate the need to make any arrests.

 

Answer

1. The information requested in relation to the number of organised hunt gatherings there were in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area on 26th December 2015 is not recorded as there is no requirement for the constabulary to be notified. There were no arrests in relation to gatherings held on this day. 

2. Since 2005, there have been six arrests for ‘hunting a wild mammal with dogs’ and ‘knowingly permitting a dog to be used for hunting a wild mammal’ (both under the Hunting Act 2004). 

3. The Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information. For the purpose of the Act, information that is recorded or documented can be disclosed. Information will not be held for the purposes of the Act where it relates to, for example, understanding, knowledge and opinion and is not recorded.

There is no obligation for the constabulary to create information to satisfy a request. In this instance we would need to create an answer or confirmation to your questions. As such the answer is not recorded.

 

FOI Reference: 025/16