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Alcoholic Drinks: Thames Valley

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) cautions and (b) arrests for alcohol-related offences there were in the Thames Valley police force area in each of the last 20 quarters for which records are available, broken down by basic command unit. (244434)

The number of offenders issued with a caution for alcohol related offences in the Thames Valley police force area, from 2003 to 2007 (latest available), by quarter, are given in the table.

In addition under the penalty notice for disorder scheme implemented across all 43 forces in England and Wales in 2004, fixed penalties of £50 or £80 can be issued by the police for a specified range of alcohol-related offences. The numbers issued in Thames Valley from 2004 to 2007 by quarter are also given in the table.

Information on court proceedings are centrally collected only for each police force area, therefore data by basic command unit cannot be supplied.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.

The alcohol related offences presented in the table are not notifiable offences and do not form part of the arrests collection.

Number of offenders cautioned1 for alcohol related offences2 and issued with penalty notices for disorder (PNDs)3 in the Thames Valley police force area, broken down by quarter, 2003 to 20074, 5

Cautions

PNDs6

2003

Quarter 1

90

n/a

Quarter 2

112

n/a

Quarter 3

95

n/a

Quarter 4

93

n/a

2004

Quarter 1

127

n/a

Quarter 2

125

34

Quarter 3

92

190

Quarter 4

52

183

2005

Quarter 1

27

92

Quarter 2

22

81

Quarter 3

19

99

Quarter 4

18

102

2006

Quarter 1

27

79

Quarter 2

23

116

Quarter 3

16

87

Quarter 4

11

136

2007

Quarter 1

15

108

Quarter 2

22

153

Quarter 3

30

140

Quarter 4

25

132

1 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. These figures have been included in the totals.

2 Includes offences of;

(a) Drunkenness simple.

(b) Drunkenness with aggravation.

(c) Offences by licensed person.

(d) Other offences against intoxicating liquor laws.

(e) Driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

3 Includes all alcohol related penalty notices for disorder;

Drunk and disorderly

Selling alcohol to person under 18

Selling alcohol to a person who is drunk

Supplying alcohol to a person under 18

Purchasing alcohol for person under 18 in licensed premises

Purchasing alcohol for person under 18 for consumption in a bar in licensed premises

Delivering alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery

Being drunk in a highway, other public place or licensed premises

Consuming alcohol in designated public place

Consuming alcohol by person under 18 in licensed premises

Allowing consumption of alcohol by person under 18 in licensed premises

Purchase of alcohol by a person under 18,

4 The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

5 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.

6 PNDs became available, from April 2004, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001

Source:

Evidence and Analysis unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform