Po­lice cau­tions for 10-year-olds

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AR­SON and sex­ual as­sault were among the of­fences that led to 13 cau­tions for chil­dren aged 10 and 11 in Thames Val­ley last year.

The young­sters in the po­lice force area were given cau­tions for sex­ual as­sault on a girl aged un­der 13 and sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child aged un­der 13, as well as ar­son, bur­glary and as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Min­istry of Jus­tice.

Po­lice also gave 190 cau­tions to 12 to 14-yearolds in 2014, in­clud­ing two cau­tions for firearms of­fences, 13 for pos­ses­sion of a blade, one for rape of a boy aged un­der 13, one each for sex­ual as­sault on a boy un­der 13 and on a girl un­der 13, as well as one for kid­nap­ping and two for wast­ing po­lice time.

There were 161 cau­tions given to 15-year-olds, in­clud­ing for mak­ing or dis­tribut­ing an in­de­cent im­age of a child, sex­ual as­sault on a fe­male and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

Cau­tions given out to un­der 16s are down, from 148 cau­tions for 10 and 11-year-olds in 2004, 1,302 for 12 to 14-yearolds and 722 for 15-yearolds.

Across Eng­land and Wales, 10 and 11-year- olds were cau­tioned 810 times in 2014, up from 585 time in 2013, but down from 5,566 times in 2004.

Older chil­dren are more likely to be cau­tioned but fig­ures are fall­ing for these age groups as well, with 5,520 cau­tions for 12 to 14-year-olds, down from 40,344 in 2004, and 4,229 for 15-year-olds, down 21,663 in 2004.

The fall in the num­ber of cau­tions most likely re­flects both a fall in crime rates and a move away from cau­tions, ei­ther to­wards charges for more se­ri­ous crimes or restora­tive jus­tice mea­sures for of­fences such as crim­i­nal dam­age.

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