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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there have been in the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force area in each of the last 10 years. (254837)

Court proceedings data, and PND data, are collected centrally at police force area level and are not further broken down. Therefore data for the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force are not available.

The number of persons found guilty at all courts for being drunk and disorderly in the Essex police force area, from 1998 to 2007, is given in table 1.

Additionally, penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) are available for this offence. The number of PNDs issued to persons aged 16 and over for being drunk and disorderly in the Essex police force area, from 2004, when the scheme was implemented to 2007 is given in table 2.

Table 1: Number of persons found guilty at all courts for drunk and disorderly related offences in the Essex police force area, from 1998 to 20071,2,3

Number

1998

566

1999

587

2000

596

2001

532

2002

382

2003

185

2004

197

2005

165

2006

245

2007

185

1 Data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises.

Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12.

Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour.

Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91.

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, 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 CJEA—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Table 2: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to persons aged 16 and over for offences of being drunk and disorderly1 in the Essex police force area from 2004-072

Number

2004

738

2005

672

2006

905

2007

478

1 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Being found drunk in a highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on licensed premises—Licensing Act 1872, section 12;

Being guilty while drunk of disorderly behaviour - Criminal Justice Act 1967, section 91.

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 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:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit.