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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for the offence of consuming alcohol in a designated public place in each of the last seven years. (249933)

[holding answer 21 January 2009]: Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against for consuming alcohol in a designated public place in England and Wales from 2001 to 2007 (latest available) are given in the following table.

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for consuming alcohol in a designated public place, England and Wales, 2001-071, 2

Number

2001

—

2002

37

2003

108

2004

122

2005

101

2006

101

2007

113

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

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.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform Ref: IOS 044-09