Num­ber of first time of­fend­ers on the wane

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE county of Buck­ing­hamshire has the low­est num­ber of 16 and 17-year-old first time of­fend­ers since 2000.

There were just 67 16 and 17-year-olds who got their first cau­tion or con­vic­tion in 2013, down from 307 in 2006, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Min­istry of Jus­tice through a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest.

The num­ber has dropped 25.6 per cent, from 90, in the last year alone.

Buck­ing­hamshire has seen the low­est num­bers of first time of­fend­ers since 2000.

Across the county, the num­ber of adults get­ting their first cau­tion or con­vic­tion has nearly halved from a peak of 1,755 in 2006 to 943 in 2013.

Across Eng­land and Wales, the num­ber of 16 and 17-year-olds given their first cau­tion or con­vic­tion in 2013, was at its low­est level since 2000, with 11,189 across Eng­land and Wales, down from a peak of 36,741 in 2006.

The num­ber of adult first of­fend­ers dipped by more than a third since a peak of 221,683 in 2007.

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