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Unusual canine - 1027/18

Date Responded 31 October 2018

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:

I am requesting any police incident logs and crime reports involving unusual canine animal sightings, encounters or attacks within the Northumbria area over the last 5 financial years retrieved using the following keywords:

Large canine/wolf reports

Upright canine reports

Bipedal canine reports

Werewolf reports

Dogman reports

Hyena like canine reports

 

Please provide  time and date, location and exactly what was reported in the incident.

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

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

We have searched the first 3 lines of all incidents reported between 01/04/2013 and 31/03/2018 and the MO's of all crimes created within the same period for the key words "Canine," "Wolf," "Werewolf," "Dogman," and/or "Hyena." The results of the searches were reviewed for any relevant incidents/crimes.  Any incidents/crimes where the terms were referring to names, items of clothing or "wolf-whistling"  for example were not included.

After review there is one relevant result. The time, date, location and incident description has been provided.

With the above in mind, I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

 

Time

2:48 AM

                   

Date

Dec-15

                   

Location

North Tyneside

                 

Description

INFO RE FOX CLLR HAS SEEN A LARGE FOX IN THE AREA AND DESCRIBES THIS AS LARGE LIKE THE SIZE OF ARCTIC FOX OR WOLF.

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