Devon & Cornwall Police
Freedom of Information Act Request No: 4896/16
Begging and Vagrancy Act 1824 I understand that begging is defined as the solicitation of money and/or food, especially in the street. Since December 2003, begging has been made a recordable offence.
Q1. How many incidents of begging have been recorded in the period 01 August 2015 to 31 July 2016?
The number of incidents recorded in Exeter were 52
Q2. How many of these incidents resulted in the person begging being asked to move on or receive a word of warning?
Of those incidents attended, 75 resulted in an individual being moved on or given words of advice.
Of the attended incidents in Exeter, 20 resulted in an individual being moved on or given words of advice
Q3. How many of these incidents resulted in the person begging being prosecuted under the Vagrancy Act 1824?
Of those incidents attended, one was crimed for the offence of “fail to comply with a section 35 direction excluding a person from an area” [ADDITIONAL NOTE: this was issued under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014].
The one incident that was crimed was in Torquay.
Devon & Cornwall Police
Freedom of Information Act Request No: 4897/16
Street Urination and Defaecation In understand that the issue of Street Urination and Defaecation can be tackled under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and a range of other measures.
Q1. Can you confirm that section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 can be used to tackle street urination and defaecation?
Q2. How many people have been charged with street urination and defaecation under s5 of Public Order Act 1986 in the period 01 August 2015 to 31 July 2016?
The Central Ticketing Section has provided the following information:
Urinating in public is not recorded as separate offence and would instead be recorded as a public order offence. It is necessary to review each public order Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) to determine if it related to urinating in public.
From a previous request and a time frame of June 2015 to May 2016 there were 26 public order PND’s issued that were determined to have involved urinating in public.
Each PND has a penalty of £90 which is payable to Her Majesties Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and not the Police.
We unfortunately are not able to identify the locations of all the PND’s issued for urinating in the street. The paper copies are only held for 12 months and therefore all the records from June to September 2015 are no longer held.
Q3 Are there any other measures available to Devon & Cornwall Police to tackle Public Order street urination and defaecation?
There is also an offence of the Local Government Act 1972 “162/10 – urinate in a street / public place in contravention of a byelaw”.
Q4. How many people have been subject to these other measures in relation to street urination and defaecation in the period 01 August 2015 to 31 July 2016?
No charges or other outcomes were recorded for this offence within the period requested.