Fewer children arrested

THE number of children being arrested by Cleveland Police is falling, according to new research.

Latest figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform show Cleveland Police arrested children 65 times a week on average last year.

New research shows officers made 3,368 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under during 2011, but the figures represent a fall of 30 per cent since 2008, when 4,882 were recorded.

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “It is very pleasing to see that Cleveland Police is arresting fewer children than it has in the past. I hope this trend continues.”

Across England and Wales, police made more than 209,000 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under last year.

The campaign’s success and the way forward will be discussed at the Howard League’s Policing and Children Conference in Birmingham on Thursday.