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7:02am 27th May 2014

Almost four children a day are being arrested in Cornwall and Devon.

But the figure has dropped 75% in the last five years.

The figures come from the Howard League for Penal Reform.

Its research shows the number of arrests in Devon and Cornwall dropped from 5,495 in 2008 to 1,431 in 2013.

Last year, police in England and Wales made 129,274 arrests of children aged 17 and under. These included 1,107 arrests of children who were aged 10 or 11, meaning that on average three primary school-age children were arrested every day.

In 2013 the total number of child arrests was as high as 318,053 – equivalent to an arrest every 99 seconds.

In total, police made more than 1.3million arrests of children between January 2008 and December 2013.   

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “It is encouraging to see that Devon and Cornwall Police are making significantly fewer arrests of children than they were in 2008, thanks in part to our effective campaigning.

“Most police services in England and Wales have developed successful local initiatives that resolve issues quickly and cheaply, involve victims in the justice process and, crucially, avoid criminalising boys and girls.

“A sharp fall in the number of children entering the justice system is good news for everyone striving to reduce crime and saves the taxpayer untold millions.

“The challenge for police now is to maintain this trend. At a time of austerity, further reducing the number of children arrested would free up more officer time to deal with serious crimes.”

Children in England and Wales can be arrested by police from the age of 10 – the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Western Europe.

Among the offences the under seventeens were questioned about in the Duchy and Devon - GBH, robbery and sex attacks.

A Howard League briefing paper on the child arrest figures recommends that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 14, in line with the European average.



Among the offences under seventeens were picked up for - GBH and sex attacks.

7:02am 27th May 2014

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