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Antisocial Behaviour: Essex

Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many curfew orders have been issued for anti-social behaviour in (a) Essex and (b) Southend since inception of such orders. (320606)

Curfew orders were introduced by the Criminal Justice Act 1991. Section 37 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 allows the courts to impose curfew orders on offenders. The offences for which curfew orders are made are classified by statute and no further circumstances of the offences are collected centrally. Antisocial behaviour is not a statutory classification.

Data for curfew orders are not available below criminal justice system (CJS) area level. The available information is shown in the table.

Curfew1 orders issued in criminal courts in Essex criminal justice area, all offences, 1998 to 2008

Number

1998

0

1999

0

2000

10

2001

16

2002

51

2003

121

2004

187

2005

200

2006

182

2007

181

2008

121

1 Curfew orders under S.38 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. Notes: 1. These figures do not include community orders imposed with a curfew requirement. 2. Data held by the Ministry show the number of curfew orders issued for criminal offences and the specific statute and offence that was committed. Antisocial behaviour covers a wide range of criminal and non-criminal acts. It is not possible for the Ministry to decide which offences are defined as ‘antisocial’. 3. The data are presented on the principal offence basis, when a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it 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. 4. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Source: Justice Statistics—Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.