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Over 1,000 children in North Yorkshire arrested in 2018

Over 1,000 children in North Yorkshire arrested in 2018

Published by May Norman at 1:45pm 9th December 2019.

Child arrest figures for North Yorkshire revealed as successful campaign continues

  • Just over 1,000 children were arrested by North Yorkshire Police last year.
  • That's a slight rise on the previous year but significantly lower than the 4,500 recorded in 2010.
  • The Howard League for Penal Reform is working with the force to keep as many boys and girls aged 17 and under out of the criminal justic system in the first place.

A major campaign to keep children in North Yorkshire out of the criminal justice system is having a lasting impact, research published by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveals today (Monday 9 December).

North Yorkshire Police made 1,077 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under in 2018.

This is a slight rise on the previous year, but significantly lower than the 4,525 recorded in 2010, when the Howard League launched its campaign to reduce child arrests nationwide.

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Just over 1,000 children were arrested by North Yorkshire Police last year

Academic research has shown that each contact a child has with the criminal justice system drags them deeper into it, leading to more crime.

This is why the Howard League is working with police forces across England and Wales to keep as many children as possible out of the system in the first place.

The figures for North Yorkshire are broadly in line with the national trend. Data from more than 40 police forces show that they made 70,078 arrests of children in 2018 – a reduction of more than 70 per cent from almost 250,000 in 2010.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:

“Tens of thousands of children can look forward to a brighter future without their lives being blighted by police contact and a criminal record.

“North Yorkshire Police and other forces up and down the country have diverted resources to tackling serious crime instead of arresting naughty children. This will make communities safer, and the Howard League is proud to have played its part.

“Building on this success and reducing the number of arrests still further would allow even more children to thrive.”