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Antisocial Behaviour: Fixed Penalties

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people under the age of 16 years have been issued with a penalty notice for disorder for each category of offence for which such notices are issued. (278450)

PNDs for young persons under the age of 16 were piloted for a year from July 2005 in six police force areas (Merseyside, Lancashire, Essex, Nottingham, west midlands (including West Midlands British Transport Police) and the Metropolitan Police (Kingston Division)). The most recent published data on the number of PNDs issued, by area and offence from the pilots are set out in the following tables.

The evaluation report on penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for 10 to 15-year-olds was published on 5 November 2008. Copies have been placed in the Library of the House.

Number of PNDs issued correctly by force and offence type (July 2005 to June 2006)

Lancashire

Merseyside

Metropolitan police

Nottinghamshire

£40 penalty

Wasting police time

23

11

0

2

Improper use of electronic communication

4

5

0

2

Knowingly giving false alarm to the fire brigade

4

1

0

0

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

388

713

0

44

Throwing fireworks

8

23

0

1

Drunk and disorderly

144

113

0

3

Selling alcohol to under 18s

3

0

0

0

Buying alcohol for person under 18

0

1

0

1

Purchasing alcohol for consumption in licensed premises

0

1

0

0

Delivering alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery

0

1

0

0

Destroying or damaging property (under £500)

566

757

2

27

Theft (retail under £200)

453

579

2

15

Possession of a category 4 firework

1

1

0

0

Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework

1

8

0

3

£30 penalty

Trespassing on railways

4

6

0

0

Throwing stones at a train

0

1

0

0

Drunk in highway

18

34

0

0

Drinking alcohol in designated public place

21

7

0

0

Depositing and leaving litter

12

23

0

5

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by a persons under 18

2

11

0

0

Force total

1,652

2,296

4

103

West midlands + BTP

Essex

All areas

£40 penalty

Wasting police time

13

0

49

Improper use of electronic communication

2

1

14

Knowingly giving false alarm to the fire brigade

3

0

8

Causing harassment, alarm or distress

109

26

1,280

Throwing fireworks

2

0

34

Drunk and disorderly

11

4

275

Selling alcohol to under 18s

0

0

3

Buying alcohol for person under 18

2

0

4

Purchasing alcohol for consumption in licensed premises

0

0

1

Delivering alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery

0

0

1

Destroying or damaging property (under £500)

51

15

1,418

Theft (retail under £200)

70

30

1,149

Possession of a category 4 firework

0

0

2

Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework

0

0

12

£30 penalty

Trespassing on railways

21

0

31

Throwing stones at a train

4

0

5

Drunk in highway

2

2

56

Drinking alcohol in designated public place

0

0

28

Depositing and leaving litter

11

0

51

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by a persons under 18

0

0

13

Force total

301

78

4,434