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) males and (b) females aged between (i) 10 and 12, (ii) 13 and 16 and (iii) 17 and 18 years in each HM Court Service area were (A) proceeded against, (B) found guilty and (C) sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol-related offences in 2008.

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

The Home Office cannot provide statistical information at an individual court level as this data along with offence details, gender and age information could potentially lead to the identification of an individual. Information showing the number of males and females prosecuted at magistrates courts, convicted at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol related offences, England and Wales 2008 (latest available) broken down by police force area, can be viewed in Table 1 and Table 2.

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

Table 1: Number of males prosecuted at the magistrates court, convicted at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol related offences, by age group and police force area, England and Wales, 2008( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Aged 10-12 Aged 13-16 Aged 17-18
Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody
Avon and Somerset - - - 16 15 - 95 88 -
Bedfordshire - - - 6 6 - 35 33 -
Cambridgeshire - - - 3 3 - 27 25 1
Cheshire 1 1 - 22 21 - 88 87 1
Cleveland - - - 26 23 - 75 72 1
Cumbria - - - 31 28 - 82 79 1
Derbyshire 1 1 - 17 17 - 80 76 1
Devon and Cornwall - - - 49 45 - 162 155 1
Dorset - - - 14 12 - 60 57 -
Durham - - - 42 37 - 83 78 -
Essex - - - 11 10 - 79 73 -
Gloucestershire - - - 7 7 - 39 36 -
Greater Manchester - - - 43 42 - 170 166 1
Hampshire - - - 19 19 - 152 146 -
Hertfordshire - - - 5 5 - 43 42 1
Humberside - - - 13 12 - 30 30 3
Kent - - - 31 30 - 109 100 1
Lancashire - - - 88 82 - 213 193 2
Leicestershire - - - 11 10 - 43 37 1
Lincolnshire - - - 10 10 - 54 47 -
London, City of - - - - - - - - -
Merseyside - - - 49 41 - 137 124 -
Metropolitan Police - - - 30 26 - 174 163 -
Norfolk - - - 9 8 - 56 55 -
Northamptonshire - - - 7 5 - 27 26 -
Northumbria - - - 202 177 - 451 407 1
North Yorkshire - - - 23 22 - 83 80 2
Nottinghamshire - - - 15 13 - 61 60 -
South Yorkshire - - - 48 42 - 120 106 1
Staffordshire - - - 18 15 - 77 75 1
Suffolk - - - 3 3 - 34 34 -
Surrey - - - 4 4 - 43 41 -
Sussex - - - 23 22 - 126 117 2
Thames Valley - - - 19 16 - 91 85 1
Warwickshire - - - 6 6 - 35 35 1
West Mercia - - - 24 21 - 101 97 -
West Midlands - - - 28 23 - 150 139 -
West Yorkshire - - - 75 60 - 174 153 1
Wiltshire - - - 8 8 - 19 17 -
Dyfed Powys - - - 6 5 - 40 38 -
Gwent - - - 18 15 - 71 65 1
North Wales - - - 16 15 - 83 79 1
South Wales - - - 8 7 - 82 79 2
England and Wales 2 2 - 1,103 988 - 3,954 3,695 29
(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) 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.

(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 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.

(4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Table 2: Number of females prosecuted at the magistrates court, convicted at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody for alcohol related offences, by age group and police force area, England and Wales, 2008( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Age d 10-12 Age d 13-16 Age d 17-18
Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody Proceeded against Found guilty Sentenced to immediate custody
Avon and Somerset - - - 4 4 - 16 15 -
Bedfordshire - - - 3 2 - 4 4 -
Cambridgeshire - - - - - - 4 4 -
Cheshire - - - 5 5 - 23 23 -
Cleveland - - - 10 10 - 8 7 -
Cumbria - - - 13 12 - 22 18 -
Derbyshire - - - 9 8 - 11 10 -
Devon and Cornwall - - - 19 18 - 27 27 -
Dorset - - - - - - 4 4 -
Durham - - - 11 10 - 16 16 -
Essex - - - 5 4 - 16 15 -
Gloucestershire - - - 1 1 - 4 4 -
Greater Manchester - - - 7 6 - 24 23 -
Hampshire - - - 12 12 - 24 24 -
Hertfordshire - - - 1 1 - 10 9 -
Humberside - - - 2 1 - 6 5 -
Kent - - - 14 14 - 15 14 -
Lancashire 1 1 - 30 23 - 58 51 -
Leicestershire - - - - - - 2 2 -
Lincolnshire - - - - - - 5 5 -
London, City of - - - - - - - - -
Merseyside - - - 18 15 - 29 24 -
Metropolitan Police - - - 3 3 - 33 32 -
Norfolk - - - - - - 6 6 -
Northamptonshire - - - 3 1 - 6 5 -
Northumbria - - - 122 110 - 86 82 -
North Yorkshire - - - 7 7 - 18 18 -
Nottinghamshire - - - 3 3 - 15 15 -
South Yorkshire - - - 20 16 - 22 21 -
Staffordshire - - - 3 3 - 12 10 -
Suffolk - - - - - - 2 2 -
Surrey - - - 3 2 - 11 11 -
Sussex - - - 7 5 - 16 14 -
Thames Valley - - - 1 1 - 23 20 -
Warwickshire - - - 2 2 - 3 3 -
West Mercia - - - 5 4 - 12 11 -
West Midlands - - - 11 9 - 30 28 -
West Yorkshire - - - 33 27 - 32 27 1
Wiltshire - - - 1 1 - 7 6 -
Dyfed Powys - - - - - - 6 4 -
Gwent - - - 4 4 - 14 12 -
North Wales - - - 3 3 - 15 14 -
South Wales - - - 5 4 - 16 15 -
England and Wales 1 1 - 400 351 - 713 660 1
(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 )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.

(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 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.

(4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

Table 3: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to persons aged 16 and aged 17 to 18 for alcohol related offences, England and Wales 2008( 1, 2, 3)
Aged 16 Aged 17-18
Police force area Male Female Male Female
Avon and Somerset 9 1 50 14
Bedfordshire 4 - 17 2
British Transport police 2 2 46 13
Cambridgeshire 6 - 38 3
Cheshire 1 1 68 12
Cleveland 19 7 155 54
Cumbria - - 37 12
Derbyshire 20 3 103 34
Devon and Cornwall 6 2 128 28
Dorset 3 1 39 11
Durham 9 3 118 14
Essex 1 2 31 5
Gloucestershire - 3 19 1
Greater Manchester 16 7 123 37
Hampshire 6 1 105 27
Hertfordshire 14 2 65 11
Humberside 24 7 109 21
Kent 25 12 228 51
Lancashire 140 44 651 154
Leicestershire - - 24 8
Lincolnshire 3 1 16 4
London, City of - - 1 -
Merseyside 98 44 498 119
Metropolitan 17 7 219 46
Norfolk 2 2 49 1
North Yorkshire 20 4 118 23
Northamptonshire 11 5 54 8
Northumbria 34 13 517 155
Nottinghamshire 8 4 69 17
South Yorkshire 46 12 398 78
Staffordshire 7 3 77 15
Suffolk 2 - 13 1
Surrey 4 1 18 10
Sussex 3 3 132 25
Thames Valley 4 1 59 19
Warwickshire - - 19 3
West Mercia 4 - 86 14
West Midlands 46 9 366 78
West Yorkshire 14 6 202 53
Wiltshire 14 - 51 14
Dyfed Powys 1 - 22 7
Gwent 2 - 51 9
North Wales 7 1 98 17
South Wales 0 1 35 4
England and Wales 652 215 5,322 1,232
(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) Data are published at Age 16 and over.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

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