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Boy, 11, Is London's Youngest Gun Crime Suspect

An 11-year-old boy is Scotland Yard's youngest gun crime suspect.

gun.jpgAccording to records published by the Met Police after a freedom of information request, the schoolboy remains on bail after being questioned over a firearm last year.

The 11-year-old’s arrest for gun possession was one of more than 1,000 arrests of young people found with weapons in 2010.

1,180 under-16s were arrested for possession of an offensive weapon last year, an increase of more than 100 on the previous year’s figure.

Conservative MP Philip Davies told The Sun: "Everyone wants to give young people a second chance. But we are talking about serious offences.

"It is important they know that such behaviour will not be tolerated."

The 11-year-old was not the only child of his age to be detained for a serious offence. A girl of the same age was the youngest person arrested for possession of a controlled substance.