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Prosecutions: Fireworks

Justice written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Shaun Woodward Shaun Woodward Labour, St Helens South and Whiston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) fixed penalties were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought relating to the misuse of fireworks in (i) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) England in each of the last five years.

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

Data on the number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued in the Merseyside police force area and England for offences related to the misuse of fireworks and defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for throwing fireworks, in each year between 2006 and 2010 (latest currently available), can be viewed in the table. These data are not available at constituency level.

Court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in the spring of 2012.

Defendants given penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) for offences related to fireworks and defendants (1) proceeded against at magistrates courts for throwing fireworks (2) , in the Merseyside police force area and England, in each year between 2006 - 10
Area/offence 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Merseyside          
PNDs issued:          
Breach of fireworks curfew(3) 1 1
Possession of category 4 firework(3) 3 2 2 1
Possession by a person under 18 of adult firework(3) 10 5 6 7 7
Throwing fireworks 27 20 19 28 26
Proceedings at magistrates courts:          
Throwing fireworks 1 2 1 1
           
England          
PNDs issued:          
Breach of fireworks curfew(3) 51 37 19 13 23
Possession of category 4 firework(3) 25 22 23 56 22
Possession by a person under 18 of adult firework(3) 73 101 63 58 60
Throwing fireworks 639 607 500 317 330
Proceedings at magistrates courts:          
Throwing fireworks 32 28 28 18 25
(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) Explosives Act 1875, section 80: Throwing, casting or firing any fireworks in or into any highway, street, public place etc. (3) Fireworks Regulations 2004 under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003. Note: 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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services within the Ministry of Justice.

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