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Fewer Girls Arrested in Cornwall and Devon

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8:01am 24th March 2013

More than eight hundred girls have been arrested in Cornwall and Devon in a year.

That is how many under eighteens were picked up by police in 2011.

Campaigners say numbers are falling.

Frances Crook is Chief Exec of the Howard League for Penal Reform: "Arresting girls and boys unnecessarily is a waste of police time, it's incredibly resource intensive and it's life blighting for the girls and boys concerned. Once an arrest has happened it goes on their record."

"The girls weren't being arrested for committing crimes. This is the extraordinary thing. Because the police a few years ago had targets to arrest lots of people, it's much easier to arrest a child than it is to arrest a serial burglar."

8:01am 24th March 2013

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