Massive drop in child arrests

SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES Howard League chief executive Francis Cook.

SUCCESSFUL INITIATIVES Howard League chief executive Francis Cook.

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Arrests of children across the county have fallen by 69 per cent in five years.

Figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform show the figure across West Yorkshire has dropped from 19,706 in 2008 to 6,148 in 2013.

Howard League chief executive Frances Crook said: “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.

 

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