Skip to main content

Antisocial Behaviour

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued in each (i) police authority area and (ii) local authority area in each year since they were introduced. (93821)

A table giving the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued annually at all courts, by criminal justice system (CJS) area, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, up to 30 September 2005 (latest available), can be found on the Crime Reduction website at www.crimereduction.gov.uk. 41 of the 42 CJS areas are coterminous with police force areas (PFAs). Greater London covers both the Metropolitan and City of London PFAs. The table is further broken down into local government authority areas in which prohibitions are imposed within orders.

The Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND) Scheme was brought into effect in England and Wales in 2004 to provide police with a quick and effective means of dealing with a number of minor disorder offences. Under the scheme, a fixed penalty is issued to the offender who has 21 days to either pay the fine or seek a court hearing. Data on the number of PNDs issued for all offences in 2004, and provisional data for 2005, are provided in the following table. It is not possible to provide the number of PNDs by local authority area as this is not collected centrally.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for all offences by police force area. England and Wales 2004 (final) and 2005 provisional data1

Number of PNDs issued in:

Police force area

2004

20052

Avon and Somerset

508

3,187

Bedfordshire

503

1,209

Cambridgeshire

359

944

Cheshire

972

2,386

Cleveland

559

2,767

Cumbria

578

1,210

Derbyshire

656

1,579

Devon and Cornwall

1,889

5,051

Dorset

516

1,281

Durham

597

1,005

Essex

2,802

3,973

Gloucestershire

473

1,679

Greater Manchester

2,253

7,175

Hampshire

2,116

3,536

Hertfordshire

412

1,156

Humberside

1,596

3,226

Kent

767

4,959

Lancashire

5,077

10,123

Leicestershire

756

1,826

Lincolnshire

544

2,299

London, City of

60

183

Merseyside

3,929

11,668

Metropolitan

12,758

17,732

Norfolk

475

670

North Yorkshire

1,078

1,469

Northamptonshire

570

1,387

Northumbria

211

2,103

Nottinghamshire

1,060

2,058

South Yorkshire

2,098

3,678

Staffordshire

1,450

2,153

Suffolk

472

786

Surrey

203

638

Sussex

1,509

4,161

Thames Valley

1,038

5,353

Warwickshire

481

927

West Mercia

275

1,719

West Midlands

4,773

7,231

West Yorkshire

4,277

9,145

Wiltshire

610

1,045

Dyfed-Powys

459

1,172

Gwent

424

1,496

North Wales

1,255

3,578

South Wales

241

1,702

England and Wales

63,639

142,625

1 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 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.

2 Provisional data.