Alcoholic Drinks: Young Offenders

Home Department written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Paul Holmes Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) 10 to 12, (b) 13 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 year olds were (i) cautioned and (ii) prosecuted for alcohol-related offences in each police force area in 2008.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Minister of State (Home Office) (Crime and Policing)

Information showing the number of offenders cautioned and defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for alcohol-related offences in England and Wales 2008 (latest available) broken down by age and police force area, can be viewed in tables 1 and 2 respectively.

A penalty notice for disorder (PND) may also be issued for certain alcohol-related offences. The number of PNDs issued for alcohol-related offences in 2008 can be viewed in table 3.

Table 1 : Number of offenders aged under 18 cautioned( 1) for alcohol-related offences( 2) , England and Wales, 2008, by age( 3,)( )( 4)
Force Age
10-12 13-15 16-17 10-17
Avon and Somerset - 8 23 31
Bedfordshire - - 0
Cambridgeshire - - - 0
Cheshire - 13 22 35
City of London - 1 1
Cleveland - 11 23 34
Cumbria - 14 50 64
Derbyshire - 10 12 22
Devon and Cornwall - 34 62 96
Dorset - 7 10 17
Durham - 15 34 49
Essex - 4 18 22
Gloucestershire - - 6 6
Greater Manchester - 15 16 31
Hampshire - 12 23 35
Hertfordshire - 4 1 5
Humberside - 2 4 6
Kent - 15 15 30
Lancashire 1 37 76 114
Leicestershire - 3 2 5
Lincolnshire - - - 0
Merseyside 1 16 22 39
Metropolitan Police 1 4 1 6
Norfolk - - 1 1
North Yorkshire - 10 20 30
Northamptonshire - - - 0
Northumbria 3 129 190 322
Nottinghamshire - - - 0
South Yorkshire - 25 13 38
Staffordshire - 3 6 9
Suffolk - 3 3 6
Surrey - 1 5 6
Sussex 2 26 29 57
Thames Valley 1 6 11 18
Warwickshire - - - 0
West Mercia 2 8 26 36
West Midlands - 24 39 63
West Yorkshire - 66 78 144
Wiltshire - 1 3 4
Dyfed-Powys 2 5 9 16
Gwent 1 16 47 64
North Wales 1 13 23 37
South Wales 1 10 12 23
England and Wales 16 570 936 1,522
(1) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.

(2) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.

(3) Alcohol-related offences for which cautions have been issued:

(a) Drunkenness simple.

(b) Drunkenness with aggravation.

(c) Offences by licensed person.

(d) Other offences against intoxicating liquor laws.

(e) Driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

(f) Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

(4) 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 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.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Ref: IOS 174-10

Table 2: Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for alcohol-related offences( 1) , England and Wales, 2008, by age and police force area( 2,)( )( 3)
Age
Force 10-12 13-15 16-17 10-17
Avon and Somerset - 7 49 56
Bedfordshire - 2 20 22
Cambridgeshire - - 16 16
Cheshire 1 14 53 68
City of London - - - 0
Cleveland - 12 52 64
Cumbria - 16 72 88
Derbyshire 1 14 48 63
Devon and Cornwall - 19 120 139
Dorset - 5 28 33
Durham - 20 89 109
Essex - 5 38 43
Gloucestershire - 2 27 29
Greater Manchester - 23 87 110
Hampshire - 13 86 99
Hertfordshire - 1 17 18
Humberside - 5 34 39
Kent - 25 59 84
Lancashire 1 47 189 237
Leicestershire - - 25 25
Lincolnshire - 1 29 30
Merseyside - 18 117 135
Metropolitan Police - 8 95 103
Norfolk - 6 27 33
North Yorkshire - 11 61 72
Northamptonshire - 2 22 24
Northumbria - 140 440 580
Nottinghamshire - 5 30 35
South Yorkshire - 30 104 134
Staffordshire - 4 50 54
Suffolk - - 15 15
Surrey - 1 30 31
Sussex - 14 72 86
Thames Valley - 5 46 51
Warwickshire - 1 18 19
West Mercia - 9 67 76
West Midlands - 15 83 98
West Yorkshire - 51 141 192
Wiltshire - 2 13 15
Dyfed-Powys - 1 23 24
Gwent - 7 51 58
North Wales - 9 52 61
South Wales - 2 42 44
England and Wales 3 572 2,737 3,312
(1) Includes offences of:

(a) Drunkenness simple.

(b) Drunkenness with aggravation.

(c) Offences by licensed person.

(d) Other offences against intoxicating liquor laws.

(e) Driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

(f) Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Ref: IOS 174-10

Table 3: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to persons aged 16 to 17 for alcohol-related offences England and Wales,2008( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3)
Force 2008
Avon and Somerset 28
Bedfordshire 11
British Transport Police 29
Cambridgeshire 19
Cheshire 20
Cleveland 101
Cumbria 1
Derbyshire 71
Devon and Cornwall 50
Dorset 22
Durham 38
Essex 12
Gloucestershire 11
Greater Manchester 85
Hampshire 30
Hertfordshire 44
Humberside 77
Kent 122
Lancashire 491
Leicestershire 6
Lincolnshire 7
Merseyside 368
Metropolitan Police 95
Norfolk 16
Northamptonshire 40
Northumbria 258
North Yorkshire 73
Nottinghamshire 32
South Yorkshire 228
Staffordshire 41
Suffolk 7
Surrey 12
Sussex 54
Thames Valley 15
Warwickshire 10
West Mercia 36
West Midlands 185
West Yorkshire 110
Wiltshire 29
Dyfed-Powys 12
Gwent 18
North Wales 41
South Wales 11
Total 2,966
(1) 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 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.

(2) The penalty notice for disorder (PND) scheme was implemented in all 43 police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

(3) Centrally available PND data are published at age 16 and over.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Ref: IOS 174-10

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