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Arrests and Prosecutions Under Section 3 of the Vagrancy Act 1824

Question

1. The number of arrests and prosecutions under section 3 of the 1824 Vagrancy Act for each calendar year from 2010 to 2016 inclusively, with the data broken down by year.

I am not seeking information on the prostitution and indecency clauses of Section 3; accordingly, the police force should use the following Section 3 offences if possible:

• Wandering abroad to beg or gather alms

• Placing self in public place to beg

• Procuring child to beg

• Person other than prostitute being idle and disorderly

• Causing child to beg

• Sleeping out

• Lodging in barn outhouse deserted or unoccupied building or open air etc

• Being found on enclosed premises for unlawful purpose

• Collecting alms or endeavouring to procure charitable contribution by false pretence

• Professing to tell fortunes

• Wandering abroad and exposing wound or deformity to obtain alms

• Persistently beg

Answer

Please find the information in the table below:

Year

Arrests

Prosecutions

2010

142

85

2011

107

46

2012

71

32

2013

78

31

2014

65

46

2015

42

16

2016

33

14

FOI reference: 055/17.

Date of request: 12.01.17.