Violence top of crime list among district’s over-70s
FIGURES obtained by the Kentish Express show that nearly 300 children and 35 pensioners have been arrested in the past 11 months.
Crimes range from sexual offences to criminal damage, fraud, drunkenness and robbery.
Of those arrested 66 of the children, aged between 10 and 13, were charged while only four of the over-70s appeared in court.
The figures obtained under a Freedom Of Information request show that between January 1 and November 30, 294 children were arrested in the South Kent policing area which covers Ashford and Folkestone.
For those over the age of 70, violence tops the list of crimes followed by sexual offences, fraud and drunkenness.
About 68 per cent of those arrested were let off with a caution.
FOI administrator Julia Potten said: “A caution is a non-statutory disposal for adult offenders. It may be used for cases involving first time, low-level offences.
“Persons under the age of 18 cannot receive a caution; the equivalent disposal for a person under the age of 18 would be a reprimand or final warning.”