Region’s young people arrest-rate decreases 75 per cent in four years

Published: Monday 23rd November 2015 by HEY Today editor

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Prevention work among young offenders is being credited with a significant decrease in the number of children arrested in East Yorkshire and Humberside.

The number of children arrested by Humberside Police has fallen by 75 per cent in four years.

Research by the Howard League for Penal Reform found that the number of arrests of children aged 17 and under in the Humberside policing area dropped from 5,751 in 2010 to 1,460 in 2014.

Nationally, the number fell from 245,000 arrests to 112,000 for 2014.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, who obtained the figures, said: “The Howard League has worked closely with police forces round the country to stem the flow of children being sucked into the criminal justice system.

“The fantastic success of our programme of work and the police improvement to their practices means that thousands of children have not had their life chances blighted.

“It is for parents and schools to deal with normal childish challenging behaviour, not the police.

“It is to the credit of the police that they have introduced restorative approaches and given front line officers discretion to make professional decisions.”

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Published: Monday 23rd November 2015 by HEY Today editor

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