Big cat sightings - 494/19

Date Responded 09 May 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

Can I please request, an itemised list of all "big cat" sightings reported from 1 January 2014 to the present day.

A "big cat" is a large cat not native to the UK, often described as a "leopard", "puma" or "panther".

To include, for each sighting:

Location of sighting (inc. coordinates if held) Date / time of sighting Description of the sighting Action taken

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The incident database was searched for the keywords provided in your request. As we are only able to search the first three lines of an incident description, it is possible that one of the keywords may feature later in the incident description but if so, that incident will not be captured in this dataset.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would expect that you to take into consideration the factors highlighted above so as not to mislead members of the public or official bodies or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


With the above noted we are able to offer our response as below.

Sighting 1 A189 WOODHORN VILLAGE,ASHINGTON
Coordinates 4286 5892
Date & time 21/02/2014 13:11
Action taken Officer attended and spoke to the caller, no big cat seen

Sighting 2 BLAYDON BURN, BLAYDON,GATESHEAD
Coordinates 4168 5626
Date & time 20/08/2017 15:54
Action taken Officer attended and spoke to the caller, no big cat seen

Sighting 3 WEST LANE, KILLINGWORTH,NORTH TYNESIDE
Coordinates 4278 5705
Date & time 03/12/2018 09:45
Action taken Assessed using the THRIVE method, no threat or harm, no attendance necessary

Sighting 4 CONEY GARTH ,ASHINGTON
Coordinates 4245 5874
Date & time 30/08/2015 06:27
Action taken Officer attended and spoke to the caller, no big cat seen

Sighting 5 PEGSWOOD,MORPETH
Coordinates 4220 5875
Date & time 10/11/2015 13:26
Action taken Officer attended, thinks this is a large black labrador

Sighting 6 WOOLSINGTON,NEWCASTLE
Coordinates 4196 5697
Date & time 10/04/2019 09:13
Action taken Caller spoken to and happy that no response was necessary

 

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