Costs Re RSPCA Arrest - 506/10
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 23/08/2010
Date of response: 14/09/2010
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Please advise the total costs incurred by Northumbria Police with respect to the arrest of Mr Norris Atthey at the request of the RSPCA in August 2010.
Also advise under what statute or authority are the RSPCA (a charity) entitled to request the Police to arrest anyone suspected of an alleged crime and become "the lead investigator".
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
No information held. The force does not collate information as to the costs of routine arrests.
Police power of arrest is under Section 17 of Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The RSPCA use Section 20 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to obtain a power to take possession of an animal.
As the RSPCA do not have the power to seize, they approach the police to attend a location and the Force technically take possession of the animal, the RSPCA take control of the animal and deal with its welfare and storage needs. Arrests are made by police with the inspector from RSPCA, the RSPCA will conduct the interview and prosecute offenders.
The lead agency can either be the RSPCA or the Police, depending upon the case and the circumstances.
Cases involving wildlife are often jointly investigated by the Police and RSPCA, or other similar bodies such as RSPB, under the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime.
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