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Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for offences related to drunkenness there have been in each police force area in Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (270672)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of drunkenness in Wales, by police force area, from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is given in table 1.

A penalty notice for disorder (PND) may be given for certain offences of drunkenness. The number of persons issued with a PND for drunkenness in Wales, by police force area, from 2004 to 2007 (latest available) are given in table 2. The PND scheme was implemented in all 43 police force areas in England and Wales in 2004.

Data relating to the number of persons found guilty of offences of drunkenness in Wales, and the number cautioned for these offences can also be found at Annex A and B.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Table 1: Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of drunkenness1 in Wales, by police force area, 2003-072,3

Police force area

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Dyfed-Powys

1,240

1,220

1,100

1,068

1,092

Gwent

1,340

1,410

1,330

1,379

1,425

North Wales

1,834

1,706

1,498

1,516

1,473

South Wales

3,554

3,778

3,633

2,996

2,667

Total

7,968

8,114

7,561

6,959

6,657

Offence class 140, 141, 803

1 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s.12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 ss. 1(4) and 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964 s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995 s.101(1)(a)(b), (4) and (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 s.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52. 2 These data are on the principal offence basis. 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: Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit [IOS 222-09].

Table 2: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for offences of drunkenness1 in Wales, by police force area, from 2004-072

Police force area

2004

2005

2006

2007

DA06

Dyfed-Powys

220

418

387

286

DB05

Gwent

151

231

298

212

DB07

North Wales

658

1,244

1,360

1,275

South Wales

107

496

840

370

Total

1,136

2,389

2,885

2,143

1 Data includes 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; Consuming alcohol in a designated public place—Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, section 12. 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 [IOS 222-09].

Annex A: Number of persons found guilty at all courts of offences of drunkenness1 in Wales, by police force area, 2003-072,3

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Dyfed-Powys

1,145

1,135

1,018

999

999

Gwent

1,214

1,293

1,189

1,257

1,315

North Wales

1,673

1,579

1,408

1,435

1,425

South Wales

3,264

3,513

3,353

2,814

2,554

Total

7,296

7,520

6,968

6,505

6,293

Offence class 140, 141, 8031 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s.12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985ss.1(4)& 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964 s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995 s. 101 (1 )(a)(b), (4) & (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 S.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52. 2 These data are on the principal offence basis. 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: Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis Unit [IOS 222-09].

Annex B: Number of persons cautioned for offences of drunkenness1 in Wales, by police force area, 2003-072,3,4

Police force area

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Dyfed-Powys

94

107

111

109

119

Gwent

190

29

138

256

366

North Wales

204

168

116

83

81

South Wales

341

505

425

143

74

Total

829

809

790

591

640

Offence class 140, 141, 8031 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s. 12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc) Act 1985ss.1(4)& 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995 s.101(1)(a)(b), (4) & (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 S.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52. 2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence. 3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. These figures have been included in the totals. 4 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: Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit [IOS 222-09].

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for offences related to drunkenness there have been in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (270935)

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of drunkenness in Greater London, which includes the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) is given in table 1.

A Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) may be given for certain offences of drunkenness. The number of persons issued with a PND for drunkenness in the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas, from 2004 to 2007 (latest available) are given in table 2. The PND Scheme was implemented in all 43 police force areas in England and Wales in 2004.

Data relating to the number of persons found guilty and cautioned for offences of drunkenness can be found in annex A and B.

Information held centrally is not available at local authority area. Data have been given in the tables for the Metropolitan police force area which includes Greater London and in which the London borough of Bexley is located.

Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Table 1: Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences of drunkenness1 in Greater London, 2003-072,3,4

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Offence class

Number proceeded against

15,782

14,737

14,241

14,437

13,527

140

141

803

1 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s.12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 ss.1(4) and 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964 s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995 s.101(1)(a)(b), (4) and (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 s.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52.

2 Includes the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas.

3 These data are on the principal offence basis.

4 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:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit

Table 2: Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued for offences of drunkenness1 in Greater London, from 2004-072,3

2004

2005

2006

2007

DA06

Number of PNDs issued

5,469

4,429

4,405

4,369

DB05

DB07

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.

Consuming alcohol in a designated public place—Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, section 12.

2 Includes the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas.

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 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

Annex A: Number of persons found guilty at all courts of offences of drunkenness1 in Greater London, 2003-072,3,4

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Offence class

Number found guilty

13,964

13,257

12,896

13,300

12,560

140

141

803

1 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s.12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 ss.1(4) and 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964 s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995 s.101(1)(a)(b), (4) and (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 S.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52.

2 Includes the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas.

3 These data are on the principal offence basis.

4 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:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit

Annex B: Number of persons cautioned for offences of drunkenness1 in Greater London, 2003-072,3,4,5

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Offence class

Number cautioned

915

545

335

389

533

140

141

803

1 Includes offences under the: Licensing Act 1872 s.12; Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 ss.1(4) and 1A(4), 2(2); Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 s.12; Criminal Justice Act 1967 s.91; Licensing Act 1964 s.174; Late Night Refreshment Houses Act 1969 s.9(4); Town Police Clauses Act 1847 s.61; London Hackney Carriage Act 1843 s.28; Merchant Shipping Act 1995s.101(1)(a)(b), (4) and (5); Licensing Act 1902 s.2; Similar provisions in Local Acts; Road Traffic Act ss.4(1)(2) s.5(1)(a)(b), s.6(4), s.7(6); Road Traffic Act 1988 s.7A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.56, Transport and Works Act 1992 S.31A as added by Police Reform Act 2002 s.52.

2 Includes the Metropolitan and City of London police force areas.

3 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

4 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

5 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:

Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Evidence and Analysis Unit