Begging and Vagrancy: Wakefield

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Labour, Hemsworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in the Wakefield local authority area have been prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in 2020.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Ministry of Justice has published prosecutions, convictions and sentencing outcomes in England & Wales up to the year ending December 2019 and is available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool’, available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/938554/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2019.xlsx

Data for 2020 is not scheduled for publication until May 2021.

The spreadsheet linked above gives annual figures for prosecutions down to police force area (including West Yorkshire) for offences under the Vagrancy Act 1824, up to 2019 by filter by the following:

1. ‘Offence code’ to ‘18200’, ‘18300’, ‘18501’, ‘18801’, ‘18805’.

2. ‘Police Force Area’ to ‘West Yorkshire’.

The number of individuals prosecuted for these offences in the West Yorkshire Police Force Area can be found in the resulting pivot table in row 31.

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