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Cycling: Prosecutions

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been for offences related to riding a bicycle on the pavement in each police force area in the last year for which figures are available. (289246)

Information showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for riding a pedal cycle on a footpath, England and Wales, broken down by police force area, in 2007 (latest available) is shown in the table.

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

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for “riding a pedal cycle on a footpath” under section 72 of the 1835 Highway Act, in England and Wales, broken down by police force area, 20071, 2, 3

Force

Proceeded against

Bedfordshire

2

Cambridgeshire

3

Cleveland

10

Cumbria

9

Dorset

14

Durham

3

Greater Manchester

4

Hampshire

9

Humberside

12

Kent

4

Lancashire

2

Leicestershire

1

Lincolnshire

2

London, City of

3

Merseyside

3

Metropolitan Police

17

Norfolk

2

Northumbria

21

North Yorkshire

6

Nottinghamshire

4

Staffordshire

1

Suffolk

1

Thames Valley

1

West Mercia

3

West Midlands

8

West Yorkshire

1

Wiltshire

3

England and Wales

149

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence 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.

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 Where a police force area is not listed in the table, nil data is recorded.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit—Office for Criminal Justice Reform