Freedom of Information: Mis-use of Escalators (R010904)
Thank you for your e-mail of 22 July 2015 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):
“Since Jan 30th 2012, how many individuals have been charged with escalator mis-use at Edinburgh Waverley? Of these, how many were issued with the £200 fine (or any fine).”
Firstly, I should explain that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service’s case management database is a live, operating database. It is designed to meet our Department’s business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes. That said we do prefer to provide information where we can and in relation to your request have identified two charges under the Transport Act 2000, Section 219 which involve the misuse of escalators. Both charges have produced a nil return for the time period stated in your request.
To be of further assistance we have interrogated our electronic system for cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Edinburgh by the British Transport Police since 30 January 2012 where the word “escalator” appears in the charge text and where the locus is Waverley Station. This information is provided with the caveat that this method of data search is not reliable as it relies on the relevant information being included in the charge text and spelled correctly which is not always the case. This search has returned the following information in answer to your request:
Q: Since Jan 30th 2012, how many individuals have been charged with escalator mis-use at Edinburgh Waverley?
A: Five individuals.
Q: Of these, how many were issued with the £200 fine (or any fine).
A: Nil, four were dealt with by way of an alternative to prosecution – 3 warning letters and 1 social work diversion. We took no action in relation to one individual.
You may be interested to refer to the COPFS Prosecution Code which sets out the criteria for decision-making and the range of options available to prosecutors dealing with reports of crime and provides further information in relation to alternatives to prosecution.