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Crime

Justice written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Conservative, Bury St Edmunds

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions have been brought and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued by (i) police and (ii) local authorities for (A) fly-tipping, (B) graffiti, (C) dog fouling, (D) the dropping of litter and (E) parking offences in each year since 2008.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 17 March 2011, Hansard, column 558W, for the requested information on the number of prosecutions.

Regarding the information requested on fixed penalty notices, please note that a penalty notice for disorder (PND) may be issued for offences of criminal damage (which includes graffiti) and littering. See Table 1 for the number of persons aged 16 and over issued with a PND for these offences in England and Wales for 2008 and 2009.

PND data for 2010 are planned for publication on 26 May 2011.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published data on fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for offences listed in parts (B) to (D) of the question. FPNs cannot be issued for fly-tipping. Police community support officers can issue FPNs on behalf of the local authority and these are included in the aggregated figure provided by each local authority to DEFRA. The available information on the number of FPNs issued, by offence type, in England for 2007-08 and 2008-09 can be viewed in Table 2. DEFRA advise that this data collection is now discontinued.

The Home Office advises that information for parking offences in 2008 and 2009 is published in chapter 3 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Police Powers and Procedures 2009/10", a copy of which can be found in the Library of the House. Fixed penalty notice data for 2010 are due to be published in 2011.

Table 1: Number of persons aged 16 and over issued with a penalty notice for disorder for criminal damage and depositing and leaving litter offences, England and Wales, 2008 and 2009 (1)
2008 2009
Criminal damage (under £500) 13,427 10,145
Depositing and leaving litter 1,202 1,148
(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 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.
Table 2: Number of fixed penalty notices issued in England, 2007-08 and 2008-09
(B) Graffiti
Reporting year (April to March) Number
2008-09 119
2007-08 138
(C) Dog fouling
Reporting year (April to March) Number
2008-09 2,071
2007-08 2,079
(D) Litter
Reporting year (April to March) Number
2008-09 35,465
2007-08 33,693
Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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