Police arrest 123 children in Kent every week

PUBLISHED: 12:07 03 December 2012

More than 100 children are being arrested every week in Kent, new figures have revealed.

Research by charity Howard League for Penal Reform shows in 2011 officers made 6,409 arrests of those aged 17 and under.

While 123 child arrests a week may seem high a look back over the years shows a fall of 36 per cent since 2008.

Chief executive of the charity Frances Cook said: “It is very pleasing to see that Kent Police is arresting fewer children than it has in the past. 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.

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