Litter: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted for dropping litter in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

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

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts for littering offences in England and Wales, 2006-10 can be found in the table.

Charging data are not collected by the Ministry of Justice.

Annual court proceedings data for 2011 are planned for publication in May 2012.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts for littering (1) , England and Wales, 2006-10 (2,3)
Defendants
  2006 2007 2008 (4) 2009 2010
Proceeded against 2,031 3,066 3,571 4,483 4,548
Found guilty 1,349 2,304 2,715 3,489 3,573
(1) An offence under s.87, 93, 94, 94(8)(9) Environmental Protection Act 1990, as substituted by s.21 Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. (2) The figures given relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one 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. (3) 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. (4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates court June, July and August 2008.

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Peter Silverman
Posted on 14 Mar 2012 3:52 pm (Report this annotation)

These figures would not include people who were given and paid on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices for littering.

Only those who refused to pay and were subsequently taken to court would appear in these statistics.

For more on this go to

www.cleanhighways.co.uk/litter-laws
www.cleanhighways.co.uk/?cat=26
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Peter Silverman