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Poaching

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions there have been under the (i) Hares Act 1848, (ii) Night Poaching Act 1828, (iii) Game Act 1831, (iv) Game Licences Act 1860, (v) Ground Game Act 1880 and (vi) Deer Act 1991 in the last 30 years. [194304]

Paul Goggins: I have been asked to reply.

Information collected centrally on arrests is available only by main offence group for "notifiable offences" and does not extend to individual offence level.

The information contained in the table gives the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the: (i) Hares Act 1848, (ii) Night Poaching Act 1828, (iii) Game Act 1831, (iv) Game Licences Act 1860, (v) Ground Game Act 1880 and (vi) Deer Act 1991, England and Wales 1983 to 2002. Data for these offences prior to 1983 is not available on the Home Office Court Proceedings database.

Statistics for 2003 will be published on 18 November.
Number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty at all courts for certain offences, England and Wales, 1983 to 2002(1)

1983
1984
1985
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1342304414373368325
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 197027258887
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 25337311
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 1970
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 24149133104898370
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 1860172170150146143135
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 63243
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)513830263324
Total747675717648636562








 
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1986
1987
1988
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1341303324294336285
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 197011116455
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 2533
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 1970
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 2811
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 24665972587564
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 18601009064616160
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 621111
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)262235222422
Total546485505443503438


1989
1990
1991
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1389332278213269211
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 19703310933
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 252211
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 197011
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 24776681685029
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 1860767086667665
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 622
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)34251915116
Total582499476373410315


1992
1993
1994
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1206154181147157122
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 197013387
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 2522
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 197011
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 24382473542722
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 1860706424201716
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 641
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)2722137217
Total348267295232230174

 
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1995
1996
1997
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 113710898816942
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 197022333
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 2511
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 197011
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 24191422222119
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 1860119541310
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 6
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)1061492010
Total18014014312012681


1998
1999
2000(2)
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1705262424836
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 197017166622
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 25
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 197021
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 242014252097
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 1860654385
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 611
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)149452
Total12897101717453










 
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2001
2002
Offence description Principal statuteProceeded againstFound
guilty
Proceeded againstFound
guilty
Selling hares out of seasonHares Preservation Act 1892, Section 2
Taking or destroying game or rabbits on lands etc. by night or entering lands at night to take or destroy gameNight Poaching Act 1828, Section 1732815
Dealer or other person having game in possession out of seasonGame Act 1831 section 4 as amended by the Game Act 19701111
Sale of game by persons not licensed to kill or sell gameGame Act 1831, Section 2588
Private individuals etc. buying game from persons not licensed as dealersGame Act 1831, Section 27 as amended by the Game Act 1970
Dealer buying game from unlicensed personGame Act 1831, Section 28
Laying poison to destroy or injure game, killing game illegally, killing or taking without certificate, taking or destroying the eggs of game, wild fowl etc. or having eggs so taken in possessionGame Act 1831, Sections 3, 12, 23 and 247774
Offences against game lawsGame Licences Act 18607621
Killing ground game by night or with poisonGround Game act 1880, Section 6
Offence against killing or injury to deer by shooting, trap, snares etc.Deer Act 1991 (replaces provisions under Deer Act 1963 and Deer Act 1980)6651
Total28235130


(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.



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