Fireworks: Fixed Penalties

Justice written question – answered on 20th May 2013.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fixed penalties were issued relating to the misuse of fireworks in (a) Bassetlaw constituency, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Nottinghamshire in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The penalty notice for disorder (PND) scheme was introduced in all 43 police force areas in England and Wales in 2004, under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. Under the scheme, the police are able to issue penalty notices to persons aged 16 and over for a range of offences related to the misuse of fireworks including throwing fireworks, breach of fireworks curfew (11 pm to 7 am), possession of a category 4 firework and possession by a person under 18 of adult firework. All these offences attract the higher tariff of £80. The aim of the PND scheme is to provide operational officers a quick and effective alternative disposal option for dealing with low-level, anti-social and nuisance offending.

The number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to offenders aged 16 and over for offences related to the misuse of fireworks, in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire police force areas, in each year between 2007 and 2011 (latest available) can be viewed in the table. These data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

Information on the use of PNDs in 2012 is planned for publication in May 2013.

Number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued to offenders aged 16 and over for offences related to the misuse of fireworks, in South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire police force areas, 2007 to 2011
Police force area/Offence 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
South Yorkshire          
Throwing fireworks(1) 32 15 14 21 31
Breach of fireworks curfew(2) 3 0 1 1 1
Possession of category 4 firework(2) 2 0 2 2 0
Possession by a person under 18 of adult firework(2) 7 0 5 6 6
           
Nottinghamshire          
Throwing fireworks(1) 6 6 13 3 4
Breach of fireworks curfew(2) 0 1 0 0 0
Possession of category 4 firework(2) 0 0 0 0 0
Possession by a person under 18 of adult firework(2) 2 0 2 5 0
(1) Offences under the Explosives Act 1875, S.80: Throwing, casting or firing any fireworks in or into any highway, street, public place etc. (2 )Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 under s11 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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