Major fall in arrests of children in region

Arrests of children by Northumbria Police have fallen by 64 per cent in five years, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform have shown.

Research shows that the number of arrests in the Northumbria policing area dropped from 16,460 in 2008 to 5,990 in 2013.

It follows a successful Howard League campaign aimed at keeping as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system.

Police services across the country have reviewed their arrest procedures and policies as a result of the charity’s engagement with them. However, despite this positive trend, child arrests remain all too common nationwide – a child was arrested every four minutes in England and Wales in 2013.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “It is encouraging to see that Northumbria Police is making significantly fewer arrests of children than they were in 2008, thanks in part to our effective campaigning.”