Dangerous Dogs: Lancashire

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st July 2016.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many attacks on humans by dangerous dogs have been reported in Lancashire in the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We do not hold such information. Reports of dog attacks on people will be held by the Lancashire police force. However, the table below provides information on numbers of prosecutions and convictions for each of the last five years where figures are available, which provides some indication of the number of such incidents.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of all offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, Lancashire, 2010 to 2014 (1)(2)







Proceeded against






Found guilty






(1) The figures given in the table 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.

(2) 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.

NB: This table reflects cases where the initial proceeding took place in a magistrates court in Lancashire, irrespective of where the offence or arrest occurred, or where any subsequent Crown Court hearing took place.

Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services - Ministry of Justice.

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