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Date Responded 30 November 2017

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. The number of people who have been arrested for begging (or offences under S.3 Vagrancy Act 1824) for each calendar year from 2014 to 2017 (to date) (so 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date).
  2. The number of people who have been charged with begging (or offences under S.3 Vagrancy Act 1824) in each calendar year from 2014 to 2017 (to date) (so 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date).
  3. The number of people who have been arrested for causing or allowing a child to beg (or offences under S.4 Children and Young Persons Act 1933) for each calendar year from 2014 to 2017 (to date) (so 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date).
  4. The number of people who have been charged with causing or allowing a child to beg (or offences under S.4 Children and Young Persons Act 1933) in each calendar year from 2014 to 2017 (to date) (so 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date).

In Response:

a.

2014

13

2015

14

2016

13

2017

14

 

b.

2014

14

2015

14

2016

12

2017

16

 

c.

2014

0

2015

0

2016

0

2017

0

 

d.

2014

0

2015

0

2016

0

2017

0

 

There are more charges than arrests because the charges may come about from an individual who has been issued with a summons or has come to police station as a voluntary attender etc. and therefore would not have been arrested.

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