The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for littering offences in England and Wales from 2007 to 2010 (latest available) can be viewed in the table.
Information held centrally by the Ministry of Justice on the Court Proceedings Database does not contain information about the circumstances behind each case, beyond the description provided in the statute under which proceedings are brought. It is therefore not possible to separately identify convictions that resulted from throwing litter from motor vehicles.
Court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in the spring of 2012.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for littering offences, England and Wales, 2007 to 2010 (1,2)|
|Offence description||Statute||2007||2008 (3)||2009||2010|
|Littering||Environmental Protection Act 1990, s.87, 93, 94, 94(8)(9) as substituted by Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, s.21||2,304||2,715||3,489||3,573|
|(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—Ministry of Justice|