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Shoplifting: Prosecutions

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many successful prosecutions were brought for failure to pay fixed penalty notices for shoplifting in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (276609)

Non-payment of a penalty notice for disorder (PND) does not of itself result in prosecution for failing to pay. Recipients of PNDs may either pay the penalty or opt for a court hearing, when they may be prosecuted for the original offence. If they do neither, a fine of one and a half times the amount of the penalty is registered against them, this is enforceable in the normal way for fines. Of the 45,146 penalty notices for disorder issued for shop theft in 2007, the latest year for which figures are available, 172 chose to have their case heard by a court and 24,344 fines were registered. Currently it is not possible to provide separate enforcement rates for fines arising from unpaid PNDs.