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Drinking Offences

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on licensed premises and (iii) being drunk in or when entering a designated sports event there have been in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997. (95453)

Data from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for the offences requested, in England and Wales from 1997-2004 are provided Table 1. The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

In addition to this, the penalty notice for disorder (pnd) scheme was introduced in England and Wales in 2004. Under the scheme, the police are able to issue to persons suspected of committing specified minor offences, including (i) being found drunk in a highway, public place or licensed premises, and (ii) drunk and disorderly with a fixed penalty notice. No admission of guilt is required and payment of the penalty discharges all liability to conviction for the offence. Data on the number of pnds issued for these offences in 2004 and 2005 can be found in Table 2.

Number of PNDs issued to offenders aged 16 and over, for selected offences England

DA06 drunk and disorderly

DB05 drunk in a highway

Police force area

2004

2005

2004

2005

Avon and Somerset

176

286

22

92

Bedfordshire

144

265

13

43

Cambridgeshire

189

357

34

90

Cheshire

409

190

13

13

Cleveland

368

722

2

Cumbria

403

657

7

21

Derbyshire

372

558

9

13

Devon and Cornwall

988

1,519

158

195

Dorset

82

127

2

2

Durham

441

762

17

21

Essex

714

634

24

38

Gloucestershire

282

320

10

31

Greater Manchester

333

491

31

82

Hampshire

1,074

967

73

79

Hertfordshire

208

319

9

30

Humberside

604

679

1

5

Kent

498

1,514

45

89

Lancashire

2,869

4,651

79

105

Leicestershire

67

79

6

12

Lincolnshire

174

71

7

7

London, City of

32

101

3

12

Merseyside

2,728

3,619

20

55

Metropolitan

4,081

3,058

1,159

930

Norfolk

79

93

34

56

North Yorkshire

373

697

106

113

Northamptonshire

246

618

12

39

Northumbria

126

1,426

3

9

Nottinghamshire

477

661

8

9

South Yorkshire

1,590

2,261

10

9

Staffordshire

452

380

52

74

Suffolk

267

377

35

27

Surrey

80

278

25

123

Sussex

1,029

1,419

65

143

Thames Valley

396

258

7

74

Warwickshire

250

123

8

4

West Mercia

141

423

10

27

West Midlands

1,580

1,664

100

94

West Yorkshire

923

1,961

105

93

Wiltshire

346

311

63

71

Dyfed Powys

183

315

37

103

Gwent

127

222

22

9

North Wales

639

1,173

14

33

South Wales

69

432

37

63

England and Wales

26,609

37,038

2,497

3,138

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 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.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for selected offences related to drunkenness, by police force area,England and Wales 1997-20041,2

Statute: Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12

Offence: Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

61

52

63

51

92

83

83

75

Bedfordshire

53

47

153

149

94

88

52

50

Cambridgeshire

36

30

31

29

37

36

44

43

Cheshire

69

60

63

58

48

45

34

31

City of London

5

1

1

1

1

6

5

Cleveland

4

3

13

13

?

?

2

2

Cumbria

38

34

36

34

22

19

13

11

Derbyshire

38

35

42

38

46

35

64

63

Devon and Cornwall

284

251

300

272

331

312

249

229

Dorset

12

11

14

10

18

16

28

26

Durham

23

17

39

31

38

27

22

17

Essex

227

200

209

185

169

140

137

124

Gloucestershire

53

48

90

86

56

53

34

32

Greater Manchester

7

7

14

10

9

9

3

3

Hampshire

346

303

481

444

346

322

232

209

Hertfordshire

20

20

47

46

65

58

42

38

Humberside

11

11

12

12

14

12

6

5

Kent

155

129

145

138

145

130

148

133

Lancashire

213

181

213

188

188

159

248

228

Leicestershire

?

?

1

1

6

6

4

4

Lincolnshire

34

29

49

41

26

24

25

24

Merseyside

44

41

46

35

38

36

34

28

Metropolitan Police

253

217

286

256

244

216

160

130

Norfolk

65

60

65

61

68

64

67

58

North Yorkshire

81

72

94

86

85

76

133

121

Northamptonshire

6

6

6

6

6

4

7

7

Northumbria

21

16

28

23

41

34

23

22

Nottinghamshire

1

?

8

7

6

6

3

3

South Yorkshire

18

16

12

10

21

17

32

28

Staffordshire

81

67

70

63

41

41

12

12

Suffolk

108

104

81

77

97

95

72

69

Surrey

91

72

97

89

108

94

119

106

Sussex

226

208

226

189

130

116

81

67

Thames Valley

214

186

246

215

207

180

173

153

Warwickshire

8

8

98

11

17

14

9

9

West Mercia

97

80

64

52

73

64

19

17

West Midlands

61

45

51

40

29

23

19

16

West Yorkshire

46

35

103

81

67

49

70

43

Wiltshire

68

65

73

67

65

62

48

43

Dyfed-Powys

92

78

152

130

134

116

138

128

Gwent

21

15

25

24

21

21

25

17

North Wales

17

8

13

10

14

12

7

7

South Wales

113

102

241

215

250

219

251

232

England and Wales

3,421

2,970

4,101

3,583

3,513

3,134

2,978

2,668

2001200220032004

Police force area

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Avon and Somerset

72

70

84

77

84

71

91

88

Bedfordshire

31

27

20

19

47

38

28

20

Cambridgeshire

51

47

51

47

71

68

47

44

Cheshire

18

17

23

22

24

22

13

12

City of London

1

?

?

?

?

?

2

2

Cleveland

3

3

2

1

3

3

3

3

Cumbria

17

16

15

14

8

8

20

19

Derbyshire

60

52

52

46

40

37

11

11

Devon and Cornwall

215

189

228

204

185

179

106

93

Dorset

12

9

12

11

15

12

11

9

Durham

45

40

20

19

6

6

7

5

Essex

114

99

52

44

12

11

13

11

Gloucestershire

35

29

34

30

20

17

14

13

Greater Manchester

8

8

4

1

10

8

4

4

Hampshire

164

154

127

118

71

61

57

50

Hertfordshire

31

27

18

17

18

18

17

16

Humberside

3

3

4

4

5

5

2

2

Kent

142

127

154

136

153

140

123

107

Lancashire

182

159

177

158

69

63

35

29

Leicestershire

2

2

Lincolnshire

11

8

15

15

10

10

9

9

Merseyside

39

26

29

23

18

15

8

6

Metropolitan Police

304

265

185

160

141

118

113

97

Norfolk

58

49

57

55

72

61

40

37

North Yorkshire

136

120

143

128

120

111

53

45

Northamptonshire

1

1

9

8

3

2

4

4

Northumbria

10

9

12

12

9

7

17

17

Nottinghamshire

10

9

9

9

12

12

South Yorkshire

13

12

8

6

5

4

13

12

Staffordshire

17

15

15

12

34

31

40

36

Suffolk

51

48

61

57

57

52

66

61

Surrey

120

94

81

67

86

79

93

89

Sussex

129

107

102

93

88

78

44

40

Thames Valley

144

124

123

112

127

97

97

87

Warwickshire

7

7

7

7

6

4

1

1

West Mercia

22

19

9

9

4

3

7

5

West Midlands

11

6

7

6

22

21

16

13

West Yorkshire

26

16

34

20

90

67

75

54

Wiltshire

59

55

52

43

48

46

64

60

Dyfed-Powys

77

70

72

68

78

77

62

60

Gwent

38

35

50

46

25

21

11

8

North Wales

3

2

9

8

7

6

1

1

South Wales

228

207

206

184

218

190

206

192

England and Wales

2,718

2,380

2,374

2,118

2,121

1,879

1,644

1,472

Statute: Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc.) Act 1985 Section 2(2)

Offence: Drunk in, or when entering, a designated sports event

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

6

3

23

19

6

4

5

4

Bedfordshire

15

14

5

4

11

10

9

5

Cambridgeshire

9

9

6

6

5

4

5

5

Cheshire

4

3

3

3

2

2

3

2

City of London

Cleveland

9

6

7

6

26

21

4

3

Cumbria

4

3

1

1

Derbyshire

2

1

5

5

5

4

Devon and Cornwall

2

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

Dorset

6

6

13

11

3

2

11

7

Durham

1

1

1

1

Essex

1

1

1

Gloucestershire

3

3

7

5

Greater Manchester

9

9

28

28

9

9

13

13

Hampshire

41

28

15

14

8

8

16

12

Hertfordshire

1

1

1

Humberside

5

4

3

3

Kent

2

2

1

1

10

10

3

1

Lancashire

61

43

33

28

24

23

26

19

Leicestershire

2

2

2

1

3

3

Lincolnshire

1

1

Merseyside

3

3

9

8

13

11

10

9

Metropolitan Police

198

168

191

146

115

92

73

62

Norfolk

12

5

14

10

7

5

1

1

North Yorkshire

6

6

2

1

3

3

15

12

Northamptonshire

1

1

Northumbria

102

85

43

35

26

22

20

18

Nottinghamshire

40

37

34

34

42

39

19

11

South Yorkshire

48

28

20

13

27

23

23

21

Staffordshire

3

2

1

1

Suffolk

5

5

5

5

3

2

2

2

Surrey

Sussex

1

1

1

1

3

Thames Valley

15

9

21

15

6

4

3

2

West Mercia

2

2

1

1

2

2

West Midlands

59

36

52

41

25

19

15

11

West Yorkshire

32

22

33

29

30

29

53

29

Wiltshire

12

8

22

13

2

2

18

18

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

North Wales

2

2

3

3

7

7

5

4

South Wales

2

1

6

4

3

1

2

2

England and Wales

713

548

601

488

430

366

381

293

2001200220032004

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

3

2

3

3

9

7

10

5

Bedfordshire

4

2

2

2

2

1

3

2

Cambridgeshire

8

6

4

4

2

1

4

4

Cheshire

1

1

2

2

5

5

4

2

City of London

Cleveland

15

14

26

22

14

11

13

12

Cumbria

2

2

1

1

1

1

Derbyshire

3

3

11

10

4

3

15

13

Devon and Cornwall

1

1

1

1

2

2

3

2

Dorset

12

10

8

5

3

2

1

1

Durham

3

3

2

2

Essex

4

4

Gloucestershire

6

4

7

3

1

1

Greater Manchester

7

7

13

11

11

9

14

14

Hampshire

16

13

9

9

19

15

22

14

Hertfordshire

2

2

1

1

2

2

Humberside

5

5

1

1

2

2

1

Kent

3

2

1

1

Lancashire

26

22

23

18

16

8

11

7

Leicestershire

4

1

2

Lincolnshire

2

2

1

2

Merseyside

9

8

8

7

7

6

7

6

Metropolitan Police

37

31

61

52

72

59

59

45

Norfolk

11

9

10

10

7

5

8

6

North Yorkshire

13

8

4

4

3

3

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

1

1

1

Northumbria

44

42

42

41

44

41

16

14

Nottinghamshire

26

16

20

15

13

12

28

25

South Yorkshire

41

28

31

13

17

11

30

23

Staffordshire

5

5

2

2

5

2

Suffolk

7

6

5

4

6

6

29

25

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

9

7

3

3

2

2

4

3

West Mercia

1

1

1

1

West Midlands

55

45

85

67

72

55

84

61

West Yorkshire

68

29

47

24

25

18

34

28

Wiltshire

11

10

1

1

1

1

5

4

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

1

1

North Wales

2

2

4

4

1

1

South Wales

5

3

3

2

3

3

England and Wales

452

339

439

344

376

298

432

335

Statute: Criminal Justice Act 1967 S.91

Offence: Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour

1997

1998

1999

2000

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

361

301

374

310

383

326

363

309

Bedfordshire

166

143

314

185

220

199

186

161

Cambridgeshire

122

99

144

125

159

133

148

132

Cheshire

586

502

714

629

652

589

590

515

City of London

26

13

31

21

54

29

43

24

Cleveland

774

565

707

519

708

551

684

525

Cumbria

808

703

812

721

802

707

521

448

Derbyshire

294

250

286

257

231

206

254

229

Devon and Cornwall

888

753

771

681

709

636

704

617

Dorset

272

224

390

322

343

290

406

344

Durham

406

308

504

390

491

368

538

435

Essex

515

415

490

381

553

447

584

472

Gloucestershire

147

123

200

178

153

126

158

145

Greater Manchester

1,415

1,221

1,307

1,103

1,206

1,016

1,215

982

Hampshire

1,270

1,151

1,393

1,276

1,306

1,161

1,133

1,004

Hertfordshire

296

246

337

292

388

342

381

338

Humberside

250

222

225

195

255

228

234

206

Kent

560

493

720

637

865

777

900

772

Lancashire

1,618

1,219

1,673

1,304

1,827

1,436

2,165

1,673

Leicestershire

27

23

27

23

37

31

24

21

Lincolnshire

478

390

624

528

584

492

458

389

Merseyside

2,967

2,106

2,940

2,181

2,151

1,621

1,979

1,540

Metropolitan Police

1,449

1,147

1,550

1,221

1,440

1,188

1,219

981

Norfolk

108

99

114

106

115

106

131

127

North Yorkshire

342

302

382

336

411

355

459

380

Northamptonshire

26

20

24

21

21

18

29

25

Northumbria

3,122

2,693

3,567

3,153

3,548

3,141

3,859

3,400

Nottinghamshire

563

428

570

431

526

419

482

376

South Yorkshire

1,186

843

968

717

1,148

835

1,264

909

Staffordshire

320

273

305

268

247

225

330

281

Suffolk

269

249

212

193

213

194

228

201

Surrey

208

172

208

173

280

248

412

307

Sussex

522

409

512

424

398

325

512

422

Thames Valley

1,086

859

1,305

999

1,161

917

979

758

Warwickshire

309

244

666

368

286

239

228

188

West Mercia

654

521

574

451

561

477

488

395

West Midlands

1,102

764

846

625

522

404

472

355

West Yorkshire

2,655

1,383

2,764

1,431

3,097

1,446

2,809

1,149

Wiltshire

370

319

426

370

267

249

275

253

Dyfed-Powys

200

166

198

176

153

133

145

122

Gwent

748

651

532

458

420

368

360

317

North Wales

824

704

1,006

917

949

854

799

678

South Wales

1,582

1,224

1,583

1,295

1,212

1,020

1,162

994

England and Wales

31,891

24,940

33,295

26,391

31,052

24,872

30,310

23,899

2001200220032004

Police force area

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

399

343

408

350

427

364

371

323

Bedfordshire

187

159

197

168

219

187

136

100

Cambridgeshire

151

136

154

135

189

174

167

155

Cheshire

563

475

648

545

652

582

505

454

City of London

44

28

53

38

70

49

53

45

Cleveland

621

465

630

427

715

500

631

465

Cumbria

558

487

514

463

525

459

471

418

Derbyshire

292

257

357

304

425

362

342

316

Devon and Cornwall

817

711

895

760

672

601

477

420

Dorset

469

418

551

473

520

451

166

142

Durham

563

427

541

436

603

499

406

348

Essex

513

433

409

338

194

174

204

186

Gloucestershire

164

142

180

160

201

180

139

124

Greater Manchester

1,067

825

1,005

792

965

787

505

420

Hampshire

1,072

954

1,117

1,001

977

890

590

534

Hertfordshire

406

352

508

437

449

387

365

315

Humberside

247

214

213

175

213

174

127

118

Kent

911

744

928

760

1,107

930

1,118

952

Lancashire

2,366

1,806

2,210

1,628

2,180

1,564

908

670

Leicestershire

26

23

26

24

19

16

18

15

Lincolnshire

506

400

528

424

556

464

484

394

Merseyside

1,926

1,465

2,118

1,766

2,039

1,734

1,348

1,116

Metropolitan Police

1,494

1,189

2,464

2,017

2,466

2,053

1,182

972

Norfolk

146

133

151

135

183

170

94

80

North Yorkshire

482

377

452

348

512

427

195

167

Northamptonshire

33

27

29

16

25

17

32

23

Northumbria

3,516

3,077

3,587

3,138

3,944

3,530

3,939

3,602

Nottinghamshire

529

358

507

364

501

368

261

199

South Yorkshire

1,248

854

1,271

827

1,497

999

1,204

839

Staffordshire

215

181

251

212

343

292

223

185

Suffolk

267

240

333

299

357

314

337

291

Surrey

473

330

477

332

439

376

289

255

Sussex

631

509

733

596

801

689

474

416

Thames Valley

997

697

979

660

1,090

756

895

613

Warwickshire

195

155

125

105

162

140

111

101

West Mercia

543

440

455

355

413

327

483

377

West Midlands

437

331

463

373

307

253

531

437

West Yorkshire

2,101

853

2,071

867

2,260

1,050

714

483

Wiltshire

262

233

284

249

426

385

290

254

Dyfed-Powys

162

144

173

153

223

193

214

201

Gwent

308

262

273

226

207

182

263

221

North Wales

839

755

669

588

545

479

436

383

South Wales

998

843

802

672

725

637

903

819

England and Wales

29,744

23,252

30,739

24,136

31,343

25,165

22,601

18,948

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

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 police forces and courts. 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.