Public order offenses within Cambridge city centre

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Dear Cambridgeshire Constabulary,

Please could you inform me, under the freedom of information act the following:

1. How many cases of disorderly behaviour under the 1986 public order act occurred within Cambridge city centre for the years, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to date?

2. How many of these cases related to public urination for the years, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to date?

3. If number two is applicable than how many cases of public urination or disorderly behaviour involved students attending the University of Cambridge for the years, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to date?

Yours faithfully,

William Fyfe

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Dear William

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Dear William

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 0663/12

In reply to your request for information under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000, received 30/11/12.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (The Act) requires us to handle all
requests in a manner that is blind to the identity of the requestor. Any
information released in response to a request is regarded as being
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Request

Please could you inform me, under the freedom of information act the
following:

1. How many cases of disorderly behaviour under the 1986 public order act
occurred within Cambridge city centre for the years, 2010, 2011 and 2012
to date?

2. How many of these cases related to public urination for the years,
2010, 2011 and 2012 to date?

3. If number two is applicable than how many cases of public urination or
disorderly behaviour involved students attending the University of
Cambridge for the years, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to date?

We have completed all searches within Cambridgeshire Constabulary and
hereby enclose your response.

Response

The below table includes crimes for Sec 5 Public Order for urination in a
public place by students. Please note we have not researched all of the
Public Order offences for ‘disorderly behaviour’ by students; the reason
being it has taken 9 hours to look at the Sec 5’s looking for ‘urination’,
so to look at all the other Public Order offences (section 4 and 4A’s) for
disorderly behaviour by students would take the cost of complying with
this request over the 18 hour cost limit.

Please note ‘Urinating’ may only be part of the offence for which a crime
has been raised and this may not necessarily be the substantive reason for
raising the crime.

Under Home Office Counting Rules urinating in a public place does not
constitute an offence under the Public Order Act, it is a summary offence
for which no crime would be raised. Please note it only becomes an offence
if the genitals are seen and then other legislation would be used.

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which sets out your rights to appeal.
(See attached file: Complaint Rights May-11.pdf)

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contact the Information Access Office via email, or on telephone number
01480 456 111 extension 2034.

Regards

Donna Milton
Information Access Office
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

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