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Antisocial Behaviour: Prosecutions

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 there were in respect of (a) noise, (b) graffiti and fly-posting and (c) waste and litter in (i) each local authority and (ii) each police basic command unit in 2007-08. (256684)

The information requested covering the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for noise, waste offences and littering in England and Wales for 2007 by police force area, are provided in the following table. Offences of graffiti and fly-posting are not separately identifiable from other criminal damage offences (for example vandalism and damaging property) from the information reported to the Ministry of Justice.

It is not possible to separately identify prosecutions taking place in (i) local authority area and (ii) basic command units within police force areas in England and Wales from the information reported to the Ministry of Justice.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one 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.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for waste disposal offences, littering and noise offences, by region, and police force area in England and Wales, 20071, 2, 3, 4

Proceeded against

Statute

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sec.33(8)

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sec.33(9)

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sec.33(6)

Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sec.87

Noise Act 1996

Force

Avon and Somerset

2

0

9

14

0

Bedfordshire

4

2

1

1

0

Cambridgeshire

13

0

2

49

0

City of London

0

0

0

1

0

Cheshire

3

7

0

5

0

Cleveland

12

3

3

102

0

Cumbria

3

2

1

24

0

Derbyshire

3

0

9

33

0

Devon and Cornwall

19

6

5

91

0

Dorset

2

0

1

9

0

Durham

1

0

0

15

0

Essex

4

0

10

54

0

Gloucestershire

0

0

5

20

0

Greater Manchester

49

16

54

887

0

Hampshire

1

0

5

12

0

Hertfordshire

5

1

9

2

0

Humberside

17

0

8

50

0

Kent

3

18

4

30

0

Lancashire

18

22

9

57

0

Leicestershire

9

2

6

37

0

Lincolnshire

13

2

1

11

08

Merseyside

8

0

17

66

0

Metropolitan Police

47

4

86

61

0

Norfolk

0

0

0

5

0

North Yorkshire

6

1

6

0

2

Northamptonshire

2

0

0

15

0

Northumbria

22

1

0

711

0

Nottinghamshire

2

0

18

63

0

South Yorkshire

9

0

22

101

0

Staffordshire

0

0

4

8

0

Suffolk

5

0

0

8

0

Surrey

4

0

6

2

0

Sussex

6

2

3

1

0

Thames Valley

35

0

9

5

0

Warwickshire

1

0

0

5

0

West Mercia

5

0

12

13

0

West Midlands

53

8

19

178

0

West Yorkshire

4

0

37

262

1

Wiltshire

0

0

7

1

0

Dyfed-Powys

2

0

12

8

0

Gwent

3

0

26

9

0

North Wales

0

1

5

10

0

South Wales

8

1

35

27

0

England and Wales

403

99

466

3,063

3

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 some offences of fly-posting and graffiti, but cannot separately identify such offences.

4 Corresponding offence descriptions for statutes are as follows:

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition, treating, keeping or disposing of controlled (but not special) waste in or on land without a licence.

Depositing, causing the deposition or permitting the deposition of controlled special waste in or on land without a licence.

Contravening conditions of a waste management licence.

Depositing litter.

Noise exceeds permitted level after service of notice and other summary offences.

Source:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis—Ministry of Justice