County youth of­fend­ing rates ‘low’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE has one of the low­est youth of­fend­ing rates in Eng­land and Wales.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Min­istry of Jus­tice, there were 511 in­stances of youth crime in the county be­tween April 2013 and March 2014, up from 471 in the pre­vi­ous 12-month pe­riod.

There are about 52,000 chil­dren aged be­tween 10 and 17 in Bucks, mean­ing in 2013-14 there were 9.8 youth crimes for ev­ery 1,000 young peo­ple.

Com­pared to the same fig­ure for all lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Eng­land and Wales, this was the ninth low­est in the coun­try.

Of the 511 youth of­fences com­mit­ted this year in Sur­rey, 103 were thefts or han­dling stolen goods, 143 were vi­o­lence against the per­son, 64 were crim­i­nal dam­age and seven were sex­ual of­fences.

Through­out Eng­land and Wales, the num­ber of youth of­fences dropped by eight per cent in 2013-14 to 90,769 from 98,837 in 2012-13.

In 2013-14 there was an in­crease in only four types of youth of­fences.

Do­mes­tic bur­glary in­ci­dents rose by four per cent to 6.1 cases per 10,000 peo­ple (3,175 cases), death or in­jury by danger­ous driv­ing rose 30 per cent to 0.1 cases per 10,000 peo­ple (57 cases) and rob­bery rose by three per cent to 7.23 cases per 10,000 (3,750).

There was also a rise in the num­ber of sex­ual of­fences be­ing com­mit­ted by chil­dren, with a rise of 19 per cent in 2013-14 to 3.19 cases (1,653 up from 1,384) for ev­ery 10,000 chil­dren aged be­tween 10 and 14.

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