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Humfrey Malins (Shadow Minister, (Assisted By Shadow Law Officers); Woking, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) over 18 years and (b) under 18 years were prosecuted for offences under section (i) 1, (ii) 2, (iii) 3, (iv) 4, (v) 4(a) and (vi)5.5 of the Public Order Act 1986 in each of the last three years; and how many were convicted in each case.

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Hazel Blears (Minister of State (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Home Office; Salford, Labour)

The information contained in the following table gives the number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under the Public Order Act 1986, Secs one, two, three, four, 4A and five, in England and Wales from 2001 to 2003. Statistics on court proceedings for 2004 will be published in the autumn.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for certain offences under the Public Order Act 1986(53), England and Wales 2001 to 2003
Aged 10 to 17
Offence

description

Statute Year Proceeded against Found guilty
Riot Public Order Act 1986, 2001 9 7
Sec 1 2002 37 34
2003 3 2
Violent Public Order Act 1986, 2001 1,214 155
disorder Sec 2 2002 996 182
2003 897 194
Affray Public Order Act 1986, 2001 3,169 1,236
Sec 3 2002 3,026 1,233
2003 2,821 1,152
Fear or Public Order Act 1986, 2001 2,597 1,532
provocation Sec 4 as amended by 2002 2,519 1,527
of violence(54) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Sec31(1)(a) and (4) 2003 2,529 1,535
Causing Public Order Act 1986, 2001 526 224
intentional Sec 4A as amended by 2002 453 214
harassment, alarm or distress(55) Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 154 2003 466 238
Harassment, Public Order Act 1986, 2001 4,763 2,819
alarm or Sec 5 as amended by 2002 4,442 2,685
distress(56) Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Sec 31 (1)(c) and (5) 2003 4,846 2,984
Aged 18 and over
Offence

description

Statute Year Proceeded against Found guilty
Riot Public Order Act 1986, 2001 71 3
Sec 1 2002 124 99
2003 34 43
Violent Public Order Act 1986, 2001 3,373 513
disorder Sec 2 2002 2,720 704
2003 2,380 625
Affray Public Order Act 1986, 2001 13,641 5,965
Sec 3 2002 13,392 5,949
2003 12,970 5,893
Fear or Public Order Act 1986, 2001 14,826 10,043
provocation Sec 4 as amended by 2002 14,883 10,106
of violence(54) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Sec31(1)(a) and (4) 2003 14,962 10,314
Causing Public Order Act 1986, 2001 1873 972
intentional Sec 4A as amended by 2002 1817 976
harassment, alarm or distress(55) Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 154 2003 2028 1113
Harassment, Public Order Act 1986, 2001 19,621 13,394
alarm or Sec 5 as amended by 2002 20,235 13,987
distress(56) Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Sec 31 (1)(c) and (5) 2003 21,852 15,416
All ages
Offence

description

Statute Year Proceeded against Found guilty
Riot Public Order Act 1986, 2001 80 10
Sec 1 2002 161 133
2003 37 45
Violent Public Order Act 1986, 2001 4,587 668
disorder Sec 2 2002 3,716 886
2003 3,277 819
Affray Public Order Act 1986, 2001 16,810 7,201
Sec 3 2002 16,418 7,182
2003 15,791 7,045
Fear or Public Order Act 1986, 2001 17,423 11,575
provocation Sec 4 as amended by 2002 17,402 11,633
of violence(54) Crime and Disorder Act 1998 Sec31(1)(a) and (4) 2003 17,491 11,849
Causing Public Order Act 1986, 2001 2,399 1,196
intentional Sec as amended by 2002 2,270 1,190
harassment, alarm or distress(55) Criminal Justice 4A and Public Order Act 1994, Sec 154 2003 2,494 1,351
Harassment, Public Order Act 1986, 2001 24,384 16,213
alarm or Sec 5 as amended by 2002 24,677 16,672
distress(56) Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Sec 31 (1)(c) and (5) 2003 26,698 18,400

(53)These data are on the principal offence basis.

(54)Includes offences: Racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence, Religiously aggravated fear or provocation of violence and Racially or religiously aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

(55)Includes offences: Racially aggravated causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress, Religiously aggravated causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress and Racially or religiously aggravated causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

(56)Includes offences: Racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, Religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress and Racially or religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

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