Antisocial Behaviour: Prosecutions

Home Department written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 there have been for (a) noise, (b) graffiti and fly-posting and (c) waste and litter in (i) each local authority and (ii) each police authority area, broken down by basic command unit, in each region of England and Wales in each year since the introduction of the powers.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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The offences in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 include graffiti and fly-posting. Other offences are taken under different legislation.

The number of prosecutions taken at magistrates courts is held by the Ministry of Justice. The offence class of 'other' criminal damage includes, but cannot separately identify, offences of graffiti. Data on fly-posting offences cannot be separately identified from the data held by the Ministry of Justice.

Prosecutions for 'other' criminal damage
Police force area 2003 2004 2005 2006
England
Avon and Somerset 814 652 576 240
Bedfordshire 35 58 53 206
Cambridgeshire 309 252 233 152
Cheshire 12 51 51 177
City of London 16 11 11
Cleveland 162 75 29 12
Cumbria 28 49 91 83
Derbyshire 362 346 244 185
Devon and Cornwall 12 6 63 1,016
Dorset 2 2 4
Durham 195 156 76 88
Essex 565 522 561 486
Gloucestershire 141 162 178 245
Greater Manchester 1,329 1,467 1,424 1,457
Hampshire 667 767 374 510
Hertfordshire 48 135 189 108
Humberside 39 185 90 81
Kent 539 718 656 713
Lancashire 25 24 39 183
Leicestershire 67 81 91 62
Lincolnshire 9 68 95 106
Merseyside 271 201 70 85
Metropolitan Police 1,970 1,798 1,465 1,422
Norfolk 362 318 356 245
North Yorkshire 241 372 365 305
Northamptonshire 299 259 289 308
Northumbria 14 11 15 29
Nottinghamshire 14 10 136 200
South Yorkshire 404 422 442 412
Staffordshire 615^ 551 543 520
Suffolk 14 52 168 417
Surrey 93 72 196 404
Sussex 587 367 463 513
Thames Valley 478 370 410 356
Warwickshire 81 59 42 22
West Mercia 102 145 162 161
West Midlands 1,269 1,409 1,090 1,024
West Yorkshire 467 441 440 410
Wiltshire 85 61 68 44
Wales
Dyfed-Powys 9 11 15. 10
Gwent 345 223 74 98
North Wales 297 326 378 315
South Wales 459 96 66 53

DEFRA collects data annually from local authorities on Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). FPNs can be issued by local authorities for graffiti and fly-posting offences. A FPN can be offered as an alternative to prosecution but prosecution can still be taken in instances of non-payment of a FPN. Police Community Support Officers can issue FPNs if they have the relevant approval; such notices are issued on a local authority's behalf, and are incorporated into the local authority's figures. For ease of reference, nil returns have been omitted from the following tables, which include the number of prosecutions taken following non-payment of FPNs.

FPNs for graffiti
Offence: graffiti
Local authority Prosecutions following non payment
Reporting period: April 2006 to March 2007
Gateshead BC 1
Kingston upon Hull City Council 1
Sandwell BC 2
Reporting period: April 2005 to March 2006
Gateshead BC 5
Newcastle upon Tyne CC 2
Reporting period: April 2004 to March 2005
Newcastle upon Tyne CC
2
FPNs for fly-posting
Offence: fly-posting
Local authority Prosecutions following non payment
Reporting period: April 2006 to March 2007
Canterbury CC 1
Castle Point DC 2
LB Bexley 20
LB Ealing 5
Manchester CC 4
Milton Keynes BC 1
Newcastle upon Tyne CC 1
Nottingham CC 1
Peterborough CC 14
Rochdale BC 8
S Ribble BC 2
Selby DC 1
Sheffield CC 2
Solihull BC 1
Thurrock BC 1
Reporting period: April 2005 to March 2006
Nottingham CC 1
Peterborough CC 1
Solihull BC 1
Southampton CC 1
Tameside BC 3
Reporting period: April 2004 to March 2005
Cheltenham BC 2
Gloucester CC 1
Newcastle upon Tyne CC 2
Thurrock BC 1
Westminster CC 7

The House Library has been furnished with data on prosecutions and fixed penalty notices issued for other offences under the relevant legislation.

The data are also currently published online.

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