Youth offending slashed

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THE number of young people committing offences has been cut by almost a fifth in the space of 12 months.

A Hartlepool Borough Council report shows in 2012-13, Hartlepool Youth Offending Service dealt with a total of 151 young offenders who committed 292 offences.

Of those 127 were male and 24 female.

But that represents an 18 per cent reduction in offenders and a 22 per cent cut in the number of offences compared to the previous 12 months.

While the majority of categories have seen a reduction, there has been a sharp increase in the number of motoring offences from eight to 18, a rise in domestic burglaries from eight to 13 and a rise in sexual offences from one to two.

The multi-agency Hartlepool YOS was established in April 2000 after the introduction of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

It is made up of council representatives, the police, probation, health, education and the voluntary and community sector in town.

Each year the Hartlepool YOS produces a strategic plan, and the 2013-14 plan was agreed by councillors at a recent meeting of the full council.

A report said: “In recent years Hartlepool has witnessed a significant reduction in youth crime.”

Priorities include a further reduction in youth offending, sustaining the reduction of first time entrants to the youth justice system and ensure there are “effective arrangements” in place to manage vulnerable young people.

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