Demonstrations: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Louise Mensch Louise Mensch Conservative, Corby

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought in each region under section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in the last 12 months.

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

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates court, by region for offences under section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 in England and Wales for 2011 can be viewed in the table as follows:

Defendants proceeded against at magistrates court for offences under Section 42 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, by region, England and Wales, 2011(1, 2)
Statute Offence description Region Proceeded against
Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 S42A Harassment etc. of a person in his home North East 0
    North West 1
    Yorkshire and Humberside 1
    East Midlands 1
    West Midlands 1
    East of England 1
    London 2
    South East 0
    South West 0
    Wales 1
Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, S.42 (7A) and (7B) Failing to comply with a direction to leave the vicinity and not to return within a specified period for the purposes of representing to or persuading the resident that he should do something or not do something. Knowingly contravening a direction or conditions given by constable under this section North East 6
    North West 31
    Yorkshire and Humberside 14
    East Midlands 10
    West Midlands 0
    East of England 3
    London 0
    South East 12
    South West 2
    Wales 1
(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. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.

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