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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted and (c) received a level 2 fine for the offence of not obeying an instruction to stop drinking in a designated public place in each of the last five years. (241614)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty, and issued with a level two fine (over £200 and up to and including £500) at all courts for offences relating to the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12, in England and Wales, from 2003 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.

Additionally, 1,544 individuals received a penalty notice for disorder (PND) for this offence in 2007. In 2006, the figure was 1,061, in 2005 the figure was 712, and in 2004, 485 individuals received a PND for this offence.

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court, found guilty, and issued with a level 2 fine (over £200 and up to £500) at all courts for offences relating to the Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12, in England and Wales, 2002 to 20071,2,3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

Fine (level 2): over £200 and up to £500

2003

108

94

8

2004

122

96

5

2005

101

76

5

2006

101

73

9

2007

113

98

5

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 courts, 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.

3 Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 Para.5 (Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S.12). Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S12.

Contravene a community support officers' requirement not to consume liquor. Penalty offence under s.l Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001—alcohol consumption in designated public places.

Source:

OCJR—E and A: Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit