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Fireworks Offences: Bassetlaw

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines were issued for fireworks offences in Bassetlaw in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (110986)

The court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform does not hold information on the number of fines issued in Bassetlaw as data is not held to that level of detail. However, there were no fines issued in 2005 in the whole of the Nottinghamshire police force area (of which Bassetlaw is a part) for fireworks offences. Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

In addition, the penalty notice for disorder (PND) Scheme was introduced in England and Wales in 2004. Under the scheme, the police can issue an £80 fixed penalty for a number of fireworks offences under the Explosives Act 1875 and Fireworks Act 2003. The offence of throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare (Explosives Act) came into force in August 2002: the offences of breach of the fireworks curfew, possession of category 4 fireworks, and possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework (Fireworks Act) were added to the PND Scheme on 11 October 2004. The following table shows the number of PNDs that were issued in the Nottinghamshire police force area for 2005 and for January to June 2006 (provisional). We are unable to give the number of PNDs issued in Bassetlaw during the aforementioned period, as data are not collected to that level of detail.

Persons issued with penalty notices for disorder for all fireworks offences, in the Nottinghamshire police force area, 2005 and January to June 20061, 2

Number

Offence

2005

20062

Throwing fireworks

7

1

Breach of fireworks curfew

0

0

Possession of category 4 fireworks

0

0

Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework

4

0

Total

11

1

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. 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 January to June 2006 data are provisional.