Alcoholic Drinks: North West

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

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Photo of Andrew Stunell Andrew Stunell Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age people in each police force area in the North West in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; and if he will make a statement.

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

The number of the defendants found guilty at all courts for sale or allowing the sale of alcohol to a person under 18 all police force areas 2005 to 2008 can be viewed in the following table.

The north west consists of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside which are shown in italics in the table.

A penalty notice for disorder (PND) can also be issued for these offences. For England and Wales 2,058 PNDs were issued in 2005, 3,195 PNDs issued in 2006, 3,583 PNDs issued in 2007, 2,824 PNDs issued in 2008.

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

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for selling alcohol to persons aged under 18, in England and Wales from 2003 to 2007, broken down by police force area
2005 2006 2007 2008
Police force Area Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty
Avon and Somerset 14 10 5 5 1 1 8 6
Bedfordshire 10 9 24 22 2 1 - -
Cambridgeshire 9 7 27 21 10 10 8 8
Cheshire 8 5 6 6 6 5 9 7
Cleveland 14 12 11 7 13 13 10 8
Cumbria 8 6 1 1 1 1 4 3
Derbyshire 13 6 8 7 7 7 17 16
Devon and Cornwall 8 3 6 4 5 - 1 1
Dorset 35 7 7 - 2 - 3 3
Durham 2 - - - 3 - 7 6
Essex 8 8 16 10 14 13 4 2
Gloucestershire 5 5 10 10 3 3 10 7
Greater Manchester 117 92 160 112 35 30 39 29
Hampshire 11 8 2 - 4 4 9 6
Hertfordshire 3 1 40 35 24 21 2 2
Humberside 2 1 6 3 5 3 1 -
Kent 14 10 2 2 2 1 6 6
Lancashire 89 65 32 22 27 21 33 27
Leicestershire 27 15 45 31 55 49 9 9
Lincolnshire 11 1 10 1 3 3 6 6
Merseyside 16 11 34 16 28 20 24 17
Metropolitan Police 253 206 236 199 176 137 76 65
Norfolk 3 1 - - 2 2 1 1
Northamptonshire 11 6 13 10 7 7 5 5
Northumbria 79 55 41 23 12 4 13 10
North Yorkshire 3 1 68 19 29 11 1 1
Nottinghamshire 11 9 37 29 5 3 7 4
South Yorkshire 18 8 10 9 9 2 4 4
Staffordshire 20 12 23 21 26 18 19 16
Suffolk 3 3 4 2 - - 1 1
Surrey 13 11 18 17 5 3 8 6
Sussex 4 1 33 20 11 11 7 5
Thames Valley 15 5 36 14 20 14 2 1
Warwickshire 7 7 2 2 1 1 1 -
West Mercia 19 15 10 7 5 4 3 3
West Midlands 76 63 74 60 57 49 44 32
West Yorkshire 15 11 17 10 9 7 9 7
Wiltshire 23 9 10 6 6 5 1 1
Dyfed Powys 6 4 18 15 13 3 4 3
Gwent 16 12 21 14 13 8 9 7
North Wales 10 10 4 4 8 7 11 8
South Wales 55 41 72 58 29 23 23 17
North West total 238 179 233 157 97 77 109 83
England and Wales 1,084 772 1,199 854 693 525 459 366
Notes:

1. Data includes the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Selling etc. intoxicating liquor to person under 18 for consumption on the premises-Licensing Act 1964 S. 169 A & B as added by Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000 S. 1, Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 S.3 [Sen. Para. 4(1)).

Sale of alcohol to person under 18-Licensing Act 2003 S. 146

Allowing sale of alcohol to person under 18-Licensing Act 2003 S. 147

Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to a person under 18-Licensing Act 1964 S. 181A(1) as added by Licensing Act 1988 S. 17.

Persistently selling alcohol to children-Licensing Act 2003 S. 147A as added by Violent Crime reduction Act 2006.

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 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. The "Total proceeded against" 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.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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