County youth offending rates ‘low’
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.