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Women hit in the pocket for behaviour

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 13, 2013

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NEW figures have revealed that almost 140 young women were fined for being drunk and disorderly in Staffordshire and Derbyshire during the past year.

The shocking statistics lifted the lid on a massive spike in the number of women under the age of 21 falling foul of officers during night out,

In Staffordshire, 58 tickets were dished out for rowdy or criminal behaviour, 18 of which were related especially to drink related problems.

In Derbyshire, 81 fines were handed out with 15 connected to alcohol issues.

Across the nation a total of 4,398 fines were issued to women under the age of 21 last year, of which 1,221 were £80 tickets for alcohol influenced behaviour.

The figures made Staffordshire among the worst areas in the country for alcohol related disorder in terms of women under the age of 21.

A spokesman for charity Alcohol Concern said: “It’s a terrible waste of police time and effort to be clearing up after young people who are drunk and disorderly following a night out.

“We know that drinking too much often stores up all sorts of health problems, and dealing with this is costing all of us money.

“Young people yell us the way alcohol is promoted encourages them to drink more, so if we need to tackle cheap, strong booze if we want to change this picture.”

The worst hit area in the country was London and Lancashire, which saw 494 and 364 fines handed out respectively.

However, in Northumbria, 72 per cent of tickets handed out for drunk related bad behaviour by women under the age of 21.

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