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The number of Wildlife crime incidents between 2014 and 2018 (FOI 0017.2019-20)

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Request:

  1. The number of Wildlife Crime Incidents for the calendar years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
  2. Please breakdown your answers to Q1 by what the nature of each incident was. This is to include what type of animal or bird was involved.
  3. For each calendar year, please list:
  •  The number of cases where criminal offending confirmed
  • The number of cases and charges prosecuted
  • The number of defendants prosecuted
  •  The number of defendants convicted

Response:

Extent of Searches to Locate Information

Following receipt of your request searches were conducted within North Yorkshire Police to locate relevant information.

Decision

I am not obliged to provide you with a response to your request pursuant to Section 12(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act). Please note that when one part of your request falls under Section 12, we are not obliged to review the rest of the questions and the whole request is therefore exempt.

Section 12(1) applies to your request as the cost of complying with your request is above the amount to which we are legally required to respond i.e. the cost of identifying and retrieving any relevant information exceeds the ‘appropriate level’ as stated in the Freedom of Information (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

Due to the nature of our recording systems the information requested, if held, is not in an easily retrievable format.

In order to provide answer for question 1 and 2, it would be necessary to manually read through all the incidents where a ‘Wildlife’ marker had been placed to review if it was relevant to your request and also what type of animal was involved.

This would involve reading through around 2000 reports, for each of the 5 years, which would exceed the time limit allowed under the Act.

Pursuant to Section 17(5) of the Freedom of Information Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice.

Pursuant to Section 16 of the Act I am required to offer you advice and assistance with regarding to refining your request to within the ‘appropriate limit’ (time/cost limit). However, due to the information provided above I am unable to suggest how you may refine your request and still received the information within the cost threshold. If you wish to discuss this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please note that systems used for recording information are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data. It should be noted therefore that this force’s response to your questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other responses you may receive.

Last modified: August 13, 2019