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Shoplifting: Fixed Penalties

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what mechanisms are available to police officers issuing a penalty notice for disorder for shop theft in the street to verify (a) the place of residence of the recipient and (b) whether the recipient has had a previous penalty notice for disorder for shop theft. (291695)

The mechanisms available to police officers to verify (a) the address of a recipient are documentary evidence such as a passport or driving licence which the recipient might produce; and other sources such as the Police National Computer (PNC) and electoral register and (b) whether a previous Penalty Notice for Disorder has been issued are the PNC and local force penalty notice databases. Police officers on the street have access to this information.

Revised operational guidance to forces on the issue of PNDs for retail theft was issued on 16 July 2009. This makes it clear that before issuing a PND on the street, officers need to establish the place of residence of a recipient and whether a recipient has had a previous penalty notice for shop theft. The guidance can be found at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/criminal-justice-police-act-retail-pnd.htm