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Public Order Offences

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many penalty notices for disorder were issued in 2006, broken down by (a) police force and (b) offence committed; (132406)

(2) how many penalty notices for disorder issued in 2006 were paid within 21 days of issue.

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 19 April 2007]: Provisional data from the Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) Database showing the number of PNDs issued, broken down by offence and police force area, are provided in the tables.

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. The figures also show a wide variation in the numbers of PNDs issued for the same offence from force to force. This reflects the fact that the extent to which PNDs are used is a matter for individual forces according to their local operational factors and requirements.

Of the 192,583 PNDs issued in 2006, 74,182 penalties were paid within the 21-day suspended enforcement period (SEP) with a further 26,068 being outside the SEP. 21 days is the minimum period before forces can register a fine against the recipient for not responding to a notice, so forces can accept payments after the SEP for administrative purposes.

Finalised data for 2006 will be available this summer.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to offenders aged 16 and over by offence and police force area, England and Wales 2006 provisional data1

Police force area

Total all offences

Total higher tier offences

DA01 Wasting police time

DA02 Misuse of public telecoms system

DA03 Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

DA04 Causing harassment, alarm or distress

Avon and Somerset

3,876

3,768

76

27

2

1,648

Bedfordshire

1,602

1,571

8

3

0

618

Cambridgeshire

1,346

1,260

21

1

0

429

Cheshire

2,265

2,256

16

4

1

1,225

Cleveland

3,552

3,538

40

9

0

2,015

Cumbria

1,677

1,625

15

5

2

410

Derbyshire

2,537

2,461

66

28

4

616

Devon and Cornwall

6,976

6,685

92

78

8

1,756

Dorset

2,262

2,171

40

3

2

1,241

Durham

1,583

1,559

24

3

2

832

Essex

4,357

4,273

63

22

0

1,998

Gloucestershire

2,654

2,608

78

23

1

1,215

Greater Manchester

10,532

10,437

334

24

15

6,804

Hampshire

4,365

4,258

82

71

2

2,582

Hertfordshire

5,312

5,191

82

86

2

2,628

Humberside

5,385

5,321

75

22

2

2,256

Kent

6,889

6,708

64

34

4

1,204

Lancashire

12,401

12,097

251

53

12

3,004

Leicestershire

2,376

2,337

80

3

2

1,398

Lincolnshire

1,930

1,917

25

16

0

1,213

London, City of

305

301

0

0

0

84

Merseyside

11,269

11,022

183

29

4

3,481

Metropolitan

20,171

18,914

467

31

0

9,652

Norfolk

1,323

1,294

9

0

1

806

North Yorkshire

2,367

2,214

9

1

0

631

Northamptonshire

2,498

2,459

48

8

0

829

Northumbria

6,307

6,232

52

16

3

1,145

Nottinghamshire

2,205

2,164

45

5

2

1,060

South Yorkshire

5,989

5,824

111

19

8

2,263

Staffordshire

3,209

3,056

54

6

3

1,851

Suffolk

1,460

1,427

22

11

0

648

Surrey

2,819

2,634

30

14

0

1,441

Sussex

5,023

4,846

45

25

1

1,577

Thames Valley

6,676

6,598

86

10

3

4,792

Warwickshire

1,016

997

24

4

2

511

West Mercia

3,433

3,359

82

29

2

1,109

West Midlands

7,925

7,714

367

13

9

2,731

West Yorkshire

8,866

8,735

312

52

2

2,466

Wiltshire

1,224

1,138

11

2

0

714

Dyfed Powys

1,353

1,252

28

4

0

571

Gwent

1,908

1,862

49

9

0

610

North Wales

6,049

5,851

139

29

0

2,625

South Wales

5,311

5,188

47

7

0

1,913

England and Wales

192,583

187,122

3,752

839

101

78,602

DA05 Throwing fireworks

DA06 Drunk and disorderly

DA11 Criminal damage (under £500)

DA12 Theft (retail under £200)

DA13 Breach of fireworks curfew

DA14 Possession of category 4 firework

DA15 Possession by person under 18 of adult firework

Avon and Somerset

4

176

453

1,318

2

1

0

Bedfordshire

3

293

196

437

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

10

260

147

365

0

0

0

Cheshire

4

124

299

527

0

1

3

Cleveland

3

295

461

684

1

0

0

Cumbria

4

686

226

240

1

0

0

Derbyshire

4

660

502

534

1

0

3

Devon and Cornwall

41

1,876

924

1,753

3

0

1

Dorset

11

165

235

441

0

0

0

Durham

2

511

110

69

0

0

0

Essex

18

859

337

872

2

1

3

Gloucestershire

11

166

406

662

4

0

0

Greater Manchester

63

311

920

1,727

1

3

2

Hampshire

22

501

307

575

0

1

0

Hertfordshire

15

207

696

1,414

0

0

3

Humberside

15

991

696

1,201

0

0

2

Kent

11

1,782

1,131

2,468

1

1

2

Lancashire

24

4,876

1,394

2,242

7

1

2

Leicestershire

1

72

221

488

0

0

1

Lincolnshire

16

96

205

272

5

0

1

London, City of

0

190

6

21

0

0

0

Merseyside

28

3,222

1,097

2,824

1

3

8

Metropolitan

97

3,114

1,179

4,085

3

5

22

Norfolk

0

88

92

284

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

3

876

306

362

3

0

0

Northamptonshire

0

532

311

689

1

1

3

Northumbria

18

3,929

450

515

1

1

0

Nottinghamshire

4

494

126

184

0

0

0

South Yorkshire

27

2,360

332

540

1

0

0

Staffordshire

32

343

312

359

1

1

3

Suffolk

5

345

140

231

2

0

0

Surrey

2

355

280

469

1

0

0

Sussex

31

1,435

478

1,015

5

0

4

Thames Valley

22

237

447

895

2

0

0

Warwickshire

3

58

167

219

0

3

0

West Mercia

17

680

482

922

1

0

0

West Midlands

28

2,541

610

1,258

0

2

1

West Yorkshire

14

3,737

1,163

873

0

0

1

Wiltshire

6

331

33

18

0

0

0

Dyfed Powys

5

286

216

124

0

0

0

Gwent

11

258

271

597

1

1

1

North Wales

24

1,246

538

1,099

1

2

0

South Wales

5

744

752

1,591

0

0

2

England and Wales

664

42,308

19,654

37,463

52

28

68

DA16 Sale of alcohol to drunken person

DA17 Supply of alcohol to person under 18

DA18 Sale of alcohol to person under 18

DA19 Purchase alcohol for person under 18

DA20 Purchase alcohol for person under 18 for consumption on premises

DA21 Delivery of alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery

Avon and Somerset

0

3

54

3

1

0

Bedfordshire

0

0

12

1

0

1

Cambridgeshire

1

0

24

2

0

4

Cheshire

0

0

49

3

0

1

Cleveland

0

1

23

5

1

0

Cumbria

6

2

21

7

0

0

Derbyshire

1

0

30

9

3

12

Devon and Cornwall

1

10

115

27

0

8

Dorset

1

1

25

5

1

0

Durham

0

0

1

5

0

0

Essex

0

0

91

6

1

3

Gloucestershire

0

0

39

0

3

3

Greater Manchester

3

1

189

32

8

11

Hampshire

1

2

97

14

1

4

Hertfordshire

0

1

36

19

2

18

Humberside

0

1

47

13

0

4

Kent

1

0

5

0

0

14

Lancashire

4

0

202

22

3

20

Leicestershire

4

0

63

2

2

7

Lincolnshire

0

6

54

7

1

0

London, City of

0

0

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

0

2

123

14

3

30

Metropolitan

7

4

239

9

0

27

Norfolk

0

0

10

4

0

1

North Yorkshire

1

1

11

10

0

6

Northamptonshire

0

0

32

4

1

4

Northumbria

0

0

79

21

2

7

Nottinghamshire

1

0

239

3

1

2

South Yorkshire

0

0

153

10

0

29

Staffordshire

4

4

75

6

2

8

Suffolk

0

1

20

2

0

0

Surrey

1

0

33

8

0

3

Sussex

1

0

209

18

2

12

Thames Valley

0

2

95

7

0

4

Warwickshire

0

0

5

1

0

1

West Mercia

0

0

31

3

1

7

West Midlands

0

0

143

10

1

5

West Yorkshire

1

1

104

5

4

2

Wiltshire

3

0

18

2

0

0

Dyfed Powys

0

12

5

1

0

1

Gwent

0

1

48

4

1

5

North Wales

5

1

81

51

10

24

South Wales

0

0

116

10

1

6

England and Wales

47

57

3,046

385

56

294

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 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.

Lower tier offences

Total lower tier offences

DB03 Trespass on a railway

DB04 Throwing stones at a train/railway

DB05 Drunk in a highway

DB06 old codeBuy alcohol under 16, change to DA19

Avon and Somerset

0

0

64

0

Bedfordshire

1

0

14

0

Cambridgeshire

0

0

67

0

Cheshire

0

0

4

0

Cleveland

0

0

0

0

Cumbria

2

0

25

0

Derbyshire

1

0

9

0

Devon and Cornwall

7

2

240

0

Dorset

1

0

9

0

Durham

0

0

23

0

Essex

8

1

33

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

20

0

Greater Manchester

11

0

24

0

Hampshire

4

0

26

0

Hertfordshire

19

0

15

0

Humberside

0

0

14

0

Kent

4

0

113

0

Lancashire

7

0

106

0

Leicestershire

0

0

2

2

Lincolnshire

0

0

0

0

London, City of

0

0

4

0

Merseyside

8

2

58

2

Metropolitan

22

2

586

0

Norfolk

0

0

24

0

North Yorkshire

2

0

131

0

Northamptonshire

0

0

26

0

Northumbria

1

0

10

1

Nottinghamshire

2

0

11

0

South Yorkshire

1

0

10

0

Staffordshire

8

0

87

0

Suffolk

1

0

26

0

Surrey

4

0

168

0

Sussex

10

1

124

0

Thames Valley

2

0

35

0

Warwickshire

0

0

2

0

West Mercia

3

0

24

0

West Midlands

59

0

103

0

West Yorkshire

4

0

77

0

Wiltshire

0

2

73

0

Dyfed Powys

0

0

98

0

Gwent

3

0

11

0

North Wales

18

0

49

0

South Wales

3

0

77

0

England and Wales

216

10

2,622

5

Lower tier offences

DB08 Depositing and leaving litter

DB12 Consumption of alcohol by under 18 on relevant premises

DB13 Allowing consumption of alcohol by under 18 on relevant premises

DB14 Buying or attempting to buy alcohol for person under 18

Avon and Somerset

19

0

0

1

Bedfordshire

4

0

0

0

Cambridgeshire

4

1

0

0

Cheshire

3

0

0

0

Cleveland

9

2

0

0

Cumbria

19

0

0

4

Derbyshire

26

6

0

0

Devon and Cornwall

23

0

0

3

Dorset

21

0

0

1

Durham

1

0

0

0

Essex

31

2

0

1

Gloucestershire

2

2

1

1

Greater Manchester

29

1

0

0

Hampshire

32

0

0

1

Hertfordshire

34

3

0

13

Humberside

15

0

0

2

Kent

35

2

0

1

Lancashire

71

7

0

9

Leicestershire

11

0

0

0

Lincolnshire

11

0

0

2

London, City of

0

0

0

0

Merseyside

90

8

2

7

Metropolitan

228

0

1

0

Norfolk

3

0

0

0

North Yorkshire

7

0

0

1

Northamptonshire

6

0

0

0

Northumbria

49

1

2

2

Nottinghamshire

20

1

1

0

South Yorkshire

79

1

0

0

Staffordshire

24

9

1

7

Suffolk

6

0

0

0

Surrey

5

0

0

1

Sussex

17

1

3

3

Thames Valley

11

0

0

0

Warwickshire

5

10

0

0

West Mercia

30

0

1

5

West Midlands

24

1

0

0

West Yorkshire

34

6

1

0

Wiltshire

2

1

0

1

Dyfed Powys

2

0

0

0

Gwent

14

0

0

1

North Wales

48

3

0

3

South Wales

21

1

0

0

England and Wales

1,125

69

13

70