The number of people caught drunk and disorderly in Staffordshire is continuing to rise as the county has the highest conviction rate in England and Wales, new data has revealed.

There were 266 convictions for drunkenness with aggravations in 2015/16, or 24 convictions for every 100,000 people in the area, which is one of the highest rates in England and Wales, the data says.

The number of convictions was up 12 per cent from 237 in 2014/15, and was two per cent higher than the 262 recorded in 2010/11.

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There were 39 people in Staffordshire convicted of being drunk and disorderly in 2015/16, who had at least one previous conviction for the crime. However, this was a drop of 15 per cent from 46 in 2014/15.

Across England and Wales, there were 10,364 convictions for drunkenness with aggravations in 2015/16, a rate of 18 per 100,000 people.

This was a drop from the 12,868 convictions in 2014/15, and 14,718 in 2013/14, according to the figures released by the Ministry of Justice following a Freedom of Information request.

A further 227 people were convicted of simple drunkenness in 2015/16, a drop of 49 per cent from 443 in 2014/15.

The number of repeat offenders across England and Wales was also found to be falling. In 2015/16, 2,826 people were convicted of being drunk and disorderly who had at least one previous conviction. This was down 20 per cent from 3,532 in 2014/15.