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Alcoholic Drinks: Public Order Offences

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for failing to comply with a request from police (i) not to consume alcohol in an alcohol consumption designated public place and (ii) for failing to surrender alcohol in their possession in each of the last 10 years. (191314)

The number of persons issued with a caution, penalty notice for disorder (PND), and proceeded against at magistrates courts for failing to comply with a request from police not to consume alcohol in an alcohol consumption designated public place, and for failing to surrender alcohol in their possession in England and Wales for 2006 can be viewed in the following tables.

Number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the year 20061,2,3

2006

Offence description

Proceeded against

Cautions4

Failure to comply with a requirement by a constable re: the consumption of alcohol in a designated public place

101

13

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Failure to comply with a requirement by a constable re: the consumption of alcohol in a designated public place Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001S.12(2)(a) and (4)

3 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

4 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings.

Reprimands and final warnings are included in the above data.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence Consumption of alcohol in public place in England and Wales for the year 20061,2,3,4

Consumption of alcohol in public place

2006

1,061

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute:

Consume alcohol in designated public place, contrary to requirement by constable not to do so. S.12 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

3 The above PND offence also covers the offence Fail to surrender intoxicating liquor to constable

4 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 courts, other agencies, and 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.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice