50 per cent fewer child arrests in Warwickshire

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THE number of children arrested by Warwickshire police has dropped 51 per cent since 2008, new figures show.

County police arrested children 20 times a week on average last year, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform, who campaign to reduce the number of child arrests.

Last year 1,050 arrests of children aged 17 and under, while in 2008 there were 2,147.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “It is very pleasing to see that Warwickshire Police is arresting fewer children than it has in the past. I hope this trend continues.

“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.

“An arrest can blight a life and lead to a criminal record for just being naughty.”