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Fixed Penalties

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for disorder were issued for (a) theft, (b) criminal damage, (c) being drunk and disorderly and (d) dropping litter in each month since November 2004. (130816)

Penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) rolled-out to all police forces in England and Wales under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. Under the scheme, the police can issue a fixed penalty of £50 or £80 for a specified range of disorder offences including shop theft (under £200) and criminal damage (under £500).

Data on the number of PNDs (penalty notice for disorder) issued for the specified offence for each month since November 2004 are provided in the following tables. The data for 2006 are provisional. Finalised data for 2006 will be available this summer.

The figures show that the PND has been an increasingly useful disposal option for the police in tackling low-level antisocial behaviour, providing them with a simple, non-bureaucratic financial punishment for first-time offenders.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to persons aged 16 and over for selected offences by month, November 2004 to December 20061,2

Offence

Total

January

February

March

April

May

June

Drunk and disorderly

2004

6,154

2005

37,038

2,842

2,732

2,779

2,860

2,927

2,551

20061

42,308

3,101

3,090

3,073

3,696

3,515

3,503

Criminal Damage (under £500)

2004

1,103

2005

12,168

813

754

786

906

982

990

20061

19,654

1,505

1,377

1,312

1,562

1,584

1,710

Theft (retail under £200)

2004

2,018

2005

21,997

1,286

1,309

1,603

1,806

1,822

1,728

20061

37,463

2,608

2,655

2,983

2,843

2,957

2,999

Depositing and leaving litter

2004

49

2005

737

32

47

56

54

75

73

20061

1,125

77

89

69

109

118

124

Offence

July

August

September

October

November

December

Drunk and disorderly

2004

2,504

3,650

2005

3,092

2,969

2,822

3,400

3,296

4,768

20061

3,481

3,441

3,545

3,753

3,304

4,806

Criminal Damage (under £500)

2004

452

651

2005

1,158

1,158

1,052

1,193

1,093

1,283

20061

1,746

1,919

1,806

1,778

1,579

1,776

Theft (retail under £200)

2004

872

1,146

2005

1,700

1,746

2,005

2,048

2,432

2,512

20061

2,722

3,148

3,346

3,498

3,873

3,831

Depositing and leaving litter

2004

19

30

2005

60

53

63

71

66

87

20061

87

77

108

104

87

76

1 Data on PNDs issued in 2006 are unpublished and provisional

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 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.