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Livestock Theft 2011-2016

Question

1) How many incidents of livestock theft has the force recorded in each of the past five years?

2) Is it possible to brake down each year's total? If so, I would like to know how many sheep, cows, horses and chickens were taken in each year - and totals for any other type of livestock which are available.

3) Could you please confirm how many of each type of animal taken were returned to their owners?

Answer

1. A total of 338 thefts of livestock have been recorded in the last five years.

2. Please see the table below for the number of animals reported stolen, broken down by type of animal. In some cases, the exact number of animals stolen has not been recorded. Provided below is the information that we have recovered.

Animal

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016 (to July)

Total

Cattle

5

19

12

37

10

5

88

Horse

26

13

19

14

11

4

87

Pig

1

117

106

2

3

0

229

Poultry

63

269

232

86

459

                        60

1,169

Sheep

714

146

596

186

446

59

2,147

Total

809

564

965

325

929

128

3,720

3. Please see the table below for the number of those animals reported stolen above that have been recovered. Again, this information only relates to the incidents were the specific number of animals stolen was recorded. We are unable to confirm whether the animals were returned to their owners. 

Animal

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016 (to July)

Total

Cattle

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Horse

11

0

5

3

0

0

19

Pig

0

0

3

0

0

0

3

Poultry

11

4

0

1

0

0

16

Sheep

210

0

0

0

0

0

110

Total

232

4

8

4

0

0

248

 

FOI reference: 934/16.

Date of request: 18.07.16.