Disclosure Details

Vagrancy - 052/17

Dated: 08 Feb 2017

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

Thank you for your e mail dated 12 January 2017 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

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 arrests  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


We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows. 

Your request asked for arrests under  Section 3 of Vagrancy Act but some of the offences you  listed above are actually  from Section 4 of the same Act.  We have therefore included them in the below atttached but noted they are Section 4.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


FOI 052-17