Primary suspect

2,000 kids nicked in one year

MORE than 2,000 kids of primary school age were arrested last year, shock figures reveal — an average of six a day.

Behaving | Kids in class. (Image | Manchester Evening News)
Behaving | Kids in class. (Image | Manchester Evening News)

There were 2,117 ten and 11-year-olds held in 2011.

They were among a total of 209,450 under-18s detained by police that year — around a fifth of which were girls.

The figures emerged from Freedom of Information requests to 43 police forces by charity the Howard League for Penal Reform.

But the under-18s total is down by a third on the 2008 arrest figure of 315,923. Ten forces saw arrests halved in the past three years. Only North Yorkshire reported an increase.

It is thought most arrests were for public order offences. The Howard League has campaigned to reduce arrest numbers, fearing it could lead to a criminal record for “being naughty”.

Chief exec Frances Crook said: “An arrest can blight a life. Only a handful of children are involved in more serious incidents.”

Article written by Ryan Sabey, reporter at The Sun, and sub edited by myself. 

Originally published in The Sun on Monday December 3 2012.


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