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2,000 under-12s arrested last year, says charity

Publié par Clifford Armion le 12/03/2012

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More than 2,000 primary school-age children were arrested last year, an average of six a day, a charity has said.
The Howard League for Penal Reform said 2,117 children aged 10 and 11 were detained in England and Wales in 2011. Police arrested a total of 209,450 under-18s, down from 315,923 in 2008, the charity said. About a fifth of the children held each year are girls.
The league has campaigned to reduce the number of child arrests on the grounds that they could lead to a criminal record for "being naughty". Its chief executive, Frances Crook, said: "Children who get into trouble are more often than not just being challenging teenagers and how we respond to this nuisance behaviour could make a difference for the rest of their lives.
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"2,000 under-12s arrested last year, says charity", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 22/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/2-000-under-12s-arrested-last-year-says-charity