Written Answers | Home Department: Hunting Act 2004

Posted on: 7th July 2011

Andrew George (St Ives, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions, (b) fines and (c) cautions there were for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force area in 2010.

Crispin Blunt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Prisons and Probation), Justice; Reigate, Conservative)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of offenders cautioned, and the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty, sentenced and fined at all courts, by police force area in England and Wales, 2010, for offences under the Hunting Act 2004 can be viewed in the table.

Offenders cautioned, and defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty and fined at all courts, under the Hunting Act 2004, by police force area (1) , England and Wales, 2010 (2, 3)
Force Cautioned Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced Of which: Fined
Avon and Somerset 1 1 1 1
Cheshire 1
Cleveland 3 2
Cumbria 1 1 1 1
Essex 3
Hertfordshire 1 1 1 1
Humberside 8 8 8 8
Kent 5 5 5 5
Lancashire 3 2 2 2 2
Merseyside 1 1 1 1
North Yorkshire 1 14 9 9 9
Nottinghamshire 2 2 2 1
South Yorkshire 1 1 1
Surrey 2 2 1 1
Thames Valley 1
West Yorkshire 3 3 3 3
Wiltshire 2 1 1 1
North Wales 1
Total England and Wales 11 49 36 36 33
(1) Only those police force areas are shown in the table where data are given. (2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe. (3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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