Zombies and ghosts among calls to county's police

First published in Weird West Wales

County residents can sleep safely in the knowledge that the chance of werewolf attack in Pembrokeshire seems very low indeed.

In fact, there have been no reports of howling werewolf beasts in the past five years, according to a Dyfed-Powys Police response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request.

But, worringly, there have been 26 ghosts reports as well as two calls to the police involving zombies. The Freedom of Information Act was designed to open hundreds of public organisations up to scrutiny but it’s not always serious questions that are submitted.

Dyfed-Powys Police publishes many FoI requests and its responses to them on its website (www.dyfed-powys.police.uk) and it reveals a number of amusing and somewhat strange enquiries that will have cost time and money to answer.

From the number of reports of zombies, to how many people were arrested for having sex in public, the force, as with other authorities, is obliged to answer FoI requests within certain guidelines which include the cost of collating the information and privacy laws.

One request refused on financial and time grounds was how many officers and staff have declared their religion as Jedi?

There were also two reports of zombies, one in 2008 and one in 2009 as well as 11 reports of witches.

FoI data also tells us that drivers can commit all sorts of offences other than speeding.

Examples include not being in proper control of a vehicle while reading a map, holding a mug of tea, using an mp3 player, having a dog on the lap and eating sandwiches while negotiating a roundabout.

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