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Arrests Of Children In London Drop By 46% In Five Years

Tuesday 27th May 2014

The number of children arrested in London has dropped by 46% in the last five years, according to figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.Picture: PA

Nearly 26,500 under-18s were arrested last year in the city, which works out at around 72 a day.

The overall number of under 18s arrested has dropped hugely in the last five years though - across England and Wales, the figure has gone down by 59%.

Research published by the Howard League for Penal Reform shows that every police service in England and Wales made fewer child arrests in 2013 than it did in 2008.

Five years ago, the total number of child arrests was as high as 318,053 - equivalent to an arrest every 99 seconds.

The charity claims one reason the number has dropped is because police officers are taking a more no-nonsense approach.

It's campaigning to keep as as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system.