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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers in each local authority area in the South East were convicted for selling alcohol to minors in the last 12 months. (320814)

The number of persons found guilty at all courts and the number of penalty notices for disorder (PND) given for the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 years, broken down by police force area (PFA) in England and Wales 2008 can be viewed in the following table. The PFAs in the South East are Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley.

Court proceedings data for 2009 are due to be published in the autumn 2010.

Number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDS) issued, defendants found guilty at all courts for selling alcohol to a person aged under 181, England and Wales 20082

Police force area

Convictions3

Penalty notice for disorder

Avon and Somerset

6

61

Bedfordshire

24

Cambridgeshire

8

12

Cheshire

7

24

Cleveland

8

60

Cumbria

3

26

Derbyshire

16

186

Devon and Cornwall

1

58

Dorset

3

46

Durham

6

22

Dyfed Powys

2

35

Essex

7

56

Gloucestershire

29

33

Greater Manchester

6

135

Gwent

2

33

Hampshire

132

Hertfordshire

6

29

Humberside

27

69

Kent

9

35

Lancashire

6

170

Leicestershire

17

101

Lincolnshire

65

56

Merseyside

1

121

Metropolitan

5

260

Norfolk

10

13

North Wales

1

43

North Yorkshire

4

3

Northamptonshire

4

24

Northumbria

16

35

Nottinghamshire

1

49

South Wales

6

64

South Yorkshire

5

214

Staffordshire

1

38

Suffolk

26

Surrey

3

45

Sussex

32

97

Thames Valley

7

117

Warwickshire

1

10

West Mercia

3

45

West Midlands

7

77

West Yorkshire

8

122

Wiltshire

17

18

England and Wales

366

2,824

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 Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.