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Incidents involving Vagrancy Act 2015 to 2021 (742A/21)

Request

Please can you provide the following information, for each of the financial years 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 (please provide the latest figures available for this financial year if entire year of data unavailable) :

  • The number of arrests the force made for all offences under the Vagrancy Act 1824
  • Of those, how many were made under Section 3 of the Act, and how many were under Section 4?
  • The number of charges/summons the force made for all offences under the Vagrancy Act 1824
  • Of those, how many were made under Section 3 of the Act, and how many were under Section 4?
  • The number of cautions issued for all offences under the Vagrancy Act 1824
  • Of those, how many were made under Section 3 of the Act, and how many were under Section 4?

Response

Please find attached (742A_21 attachment) our response.

 

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 a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Attachments

742A_21 attachment