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Crime

Home Department 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 the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on licensed premises and (iii) being drunk in or when entering a designated sports event there have been in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 2007.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The number of defendants proceeded against for being ‘drunk and disorderly’ (which includes ‘Being guilty in any public place, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour’ and ‘being found drunk in a highway or other public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises’), and being drunk when entering a designated sports event by police force area, England and Wales 2007-09 (latest available) is shown in the following tables.

Court proceedings data for 2010 are planned for publication on 26 May 2011.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally.

The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. It is not possible to identify the number of arrests made for alcohol related acts of disorder or violence from the data on arrests reported to the Home Office.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for being ‘drunk and disorderly’ and being drunk at a designated sports event, by police force area England and Wales 2007 - 09 (1,2,3)
  2007 2008
  of which: of which:
Police force area Drunk and disorderly Being found drunk in a highway or other public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises Being guilty in any public place, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour Drunk in, or when entering, a designated sports event Drunk and disorderly Being found drunk in a highway or other public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises Being guilty in any public place, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour Drunk in, or when entering, a designated sports event
Avon and Somerset 347 103 244 5 260 66 194 1
Bedfordshire 121 14 107 5 65 6 59 6
Cambridgeshire 128 33 95 2 170 57 113 1
Cheshire 225 10 275 2 366 2 364
City of London 59 1 58 41 41
Cleveland 140 2 138 12 328 328 13
Cumbria 420 17 403 448 28 420
Derbyshire 257 4 253 5 289 4 285 6
Devon and Cornwall 763 160 603 5 962 196 766 4
Dorset 138 1 137 5 171 6 165 3
Durham 243 3 240 1 250 6 244
Essex 207 4 203 11 194 6 188 7
Gloucestershire 48 3 45 6 78 4 74
Greater Manchester 300 7 293 13 663 663 6
Hampshire 267 18 269 12 497 32 465 14
Hertfordshire 64 64 1 90 4 86 1
Humberside 73 1 72 1 78 1 77 4
Kent 464 45 419 449 44 405
Lancashire 755 8 747 19 1,120 14 1,106 17
Leicestershire 41 41 2 49 49 3
Lincolnshire 76 3 73 107 4 103 1
Merseyside 1,203 5 1,198 5 1,703 7 1,696 13
Metropolitan Police 1,121 70 1,051 20 1,050 34 1,016 15
Norfolk 136 5 131 12 242 13 229 2
North Yorkshire 309 87 222 400 65 335 1
Northamptonshire 23 3 20 69 3 66
Northumbria 4,310 29 4,289 17 3,543 43 3,500 29
Nottinghamshire 262 3 259 14 255 1 254 18
South Yorkshire 618 6 612 62 850 19 831 33
Staffordshire 201 46 155 6 296 77 219 6
Suffolk 110 21 89 8 34 8 26 14
Surrey 191 100 91 217 80 137
Sussex 523 92 431 536 86 450
Thames Valley 261 28 233 1 230 29 201
Warwickshire 56 56 85 85
West Mercia 455 6 449 3 396 5 391
West Midlands 1,264 44 1,220 81 1,328 22 1,306 32
West Yorkshire 1,669 36 1,633 49 1,566 38 1,530 39
Wiltshire 107 33 74 102 27 75 1
Dyfed-Powys 219 46 173 176 22 154
Gwent 371 2 369 328 4 324
North Wales 241 3 238 245 3 242 3
South Wales 223 24 199 3 195 10 185
England and Wales 19,037 1,126 17,911 388 20,523 1,076 19,447 293
  2009
  of which:
Police force area Drunk and disorderly Being found drunk in a highway or other public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises Being guilty in any public place, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour Drunk in, or when entering, a designated sports event
Avon and Somerset 253 49 204 4
Bedfordshire 48 6 42 2
Cambridgeshire 171 54 117 4
Cheshire 466 5 461
City of London 53 1 52
Cleveland 354 354 15
Cumbria 385 25 360 __
Derbyshire 244 3 241 1
Devon and Cornwall 928 166 762 6
Dorset 262 10 252 3
Durham 123 4 119
Essex 326 9 317 1
Gloucestershire 59 1 58
Greater Manchester 788 2 786 7
Hampshire 559 43 516 3
Hertfordshire 91 2 89 2
Humberside 177 5 172 6
Kent 378 23 355 1
Lancashire 1,386 5 1,381 20
Leicestershire 67 67
Lincolnshire 137 137
Merseyside 2,090 8 2,082 10
Metropolitan Police 1,313 32 1,281 6
Norfolk 244 1 243
North Yorkshire 389 49 340
Northamptonshire 64 2 62 5
Northumbria 3,395 38 3,357 28
Nottinghamshire 322 2 320 10
South Yorkshire 976 2 974 17
Staffordshire 359 90 269
Suffolk 28 3 25 7
Surrey 154 31 123
Sussex 529 93 436
Thames Valley 292 35 257
Warwickshire 99 1 96
West Mercia 427 5 422 1
West Midlands 1,224 6 1,218 46
West Yorkshire 1,437 27 1,410 42
Wiltshire 110 5 105 3
Dyfed-Powys 146 29 117 1
Gwent 266 266
North Wales 155 7 146
South Wales 206 12 194 1
England and Wales 21,480 891 20,589 252
(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings 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 it 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) 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. (3) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services in the Ministry of Justice

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