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People arrested under the Vagrancy Act 1824 (2456_18)


How many homeless people or rough sleepers have been arrested under the Vagrancy Act 1824 in the last five years for which figures are available?


Please find enclosed our response.


Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.


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.

The Vagrancy Act 1824 ( comprises a number of non-notifiable offences. In the past 5 years, the number of people detained for these offences is as follows:


Offence 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Begging and wandering abroad – second / subsequent occasion.   3 7 4     14
Begging and wandering abroad.   1 12 8 7   28
Begging in a public place – second or subsequent occasion.   68 51 29 5 1 154
Begging in a public place.   136 95 82 54 6 373
Indecent exposure with intent to insult a female.   2 1 3     6
Lodging in a barn / outhouse / unoccupied building / open air – Vagrancy Act 1824.     1       1
Persistently beg in a public place (second or subsequent offence) – Vagrancy Act 1824. 1 12 1 4 2   20
Resisting constable in execution of duty   1 2   3   6
Vagrant – being found in or upon enclosed premises.   34 31 31 31   127
Total 1 257 201 161 102 7 729

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