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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in respect of which offences contained in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 penalty notices for disorder have been issued in the last three years. (253144)

The offences for which a penalty notice for disorder (PNDs) is available, together with the numbers issued for each offence in 2005, 2006 and 2007 (the last three years for which confirmed data are available) are included in the following table. PND data for 2008 will be available in November 2009.

Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to offenders of all ages by offence, England and Wales 2005-07

Offence

2005

2006

2007

Higher Tier Offences (£80)

Wasting police time

2,525

3,933

3,966

Misuse of public telecommunications system

405

909

1,193

Giving false alarm to fire and rescue authority

92

106

96

Causing Harassment, alarm or distress

64,007

82,235

77,827

Throwing fireworks1

642

682

649

Drunk and disorderly2

37,038

43,556

46,996

Criminal Damage (under £500)3

12,168

20,620

19,946

Theft (retail under £200)3

21,997

38,772

45,146

Breach of fireworks curfew4

33

53

39

Possession of category 4 firework4

13

28

22

Possession by a person under 18 of adult firework4

47

76

106

Sale of alcohol to drunken person5

32

47

81

Supply of alcohol to a person under 18

3

60

54

Sale of alcohol to a person under 183

2,058

3,195

3,583

Purchasing alcohol for a person under 183

170

407

555

Purchasing alcohol for a person under 18 for consumption on the premises

83

60

64

Delivery of alcohol to a person under 18 or allowing such delivery3

209

297

431

Lower Tier Offences (£50)

Trespassing on a railway

220

1,042

1,527

Throwing stones at a train/railway

20

15

25

Drunk in a highway

3,138

2,712

2,066

Consumption of alcohol in a designated public place

712

1,061

1,544

Depositing and leaving litter3

737

1,169

1,374

Consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 on relevant premises3

84

75

85

Allowing consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 on relevant premises3

27

14

11

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by a person under 185

21

73

158

Totals

Total Higher Tier Offences

141,522

195,036

200,754

Total Lower Tier Offences

4,959

6,161

6,790

Total all offences

146,481

201,197

207,544

1 Offence moved from the lower tier (£50) to the upper tier (£80) on 5 March 2004.

2 Offence moved from the tower tier (£50) to the upper tier (£80) on 1 November 2004.

3 Offence added with effect from 1 November 2004.

4 Offence added with effect from 11 October 2004.

5 Offence added with effect from 04 April 2005.

Note:

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.