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From: Information Compliance <information@westmercia.pnn.police.uk>

Subject: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 19420

Date: 18 June 2020 at 08:52:55 BST

To: “‘info@actionagainstfoxhunting.org'” <info@actionagainstfoxhunting.org>

 

Dear Sir or Madam

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 19420

I write in connection with your request for information which was received on 9th June 2020. Please find below the response to your request:

 

Would you be able to answer the following questions please:

  1. Out of the entire West Mercia Police Force, how many officers have received direct training about illegal foxhunting (Hunting Act 2004)?
  2. Who provided the training?
  3. Does West Mercia Police Force have a policy on responding to hunting incidents? If “YES” may we see it?
  4. Does West Mercia Police use another force’s police on responding to hunting incidents? If “YES”, which one?
  5. Has West Mercia Police Force ever convicted a hunt member or hunt follower? If so, how many convictions  have there been?   

Reply:-

 

  1. 15
  2. Wildlife Crimes Officer Training course is delivered by National Wildlife Crime Unit
  3. No
  4. No
  5. No specific recorded information held. Whether an individual is a hunt member or hunt follower is not recorded on cases.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as accurate as possible

Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write or telephone the Information Compliance Unit quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Biddle

Information Compliance Unit
West Mercia Police

PO Box 55

Hindlip

Worcester

WR3 8SP

01905 331545 / 331565

 

 

West Mercia Police in complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information will not breach the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications for the copyright owner’s written permission to reproduce any part of the attached information should be addressed to The Force Solicitor, West Mercia Police Headquarters, PO Box 55, Hindlip, Worcester, WR3 8SP.

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Information Compliance Unit

Hindlip Hall

Hindlip

PO Box 55

Worcester

WR3 8SP 

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