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Child arrests fall in North Yorkshire

Child arrests fall in North Yorkshire

Published at 6:03am 23rd November 2015. (Updated at 10:35am 23rd November 2015)

Arrests of children by North Yorkshire Police have fallen by 68% in the last four years, according to data obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform. 

Research by the charity has found that the number of arrests in North Yorkshire dropped from 4,525 in 2010 to 1,445 in 2014.

The charity says the figures confirm the continued success of its long-running programme of work to keep as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system.

Every police force in England and Wales made fewer arrests in 2014 than in 2010, with some reducing their numbers by more than 70%.

Police made 245,763 arrests of children aged 17 and under during 2010, and that number has fallen every year since.

There were 112,037 arrests during 2014, of which boys accounted for 83% and girls accounted for 17%.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, 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."