Child arrests in Northumbria and Durham plummet over five years
The number of children arrested by police in the North East has plummeted in the last five years, new figures have revealed.
Statistics obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform show that Northumbria Police held 66% fewer youngsters last year than it did in 2010.
In 2015 the force made 3,829 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under, compared to 11,407 in 2010.
Durham also saw a significant fall in the number of children arrested, with 1,193 held by police in 2015, down from 3,658 in 2010.
The drop follows a concerted effort by police and a successful campaign by the Howard League... read more
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