Vi­o­lence top of crime list among district’s over-70s

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­

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.”

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