First time youth of­fender level is high­est in re­gion

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ABIGAIL DONOGHUE

HAL­TON has the high­est rates of first time en­trants to the youth jus­tice sys­tem in the Liver­pool city Re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the Of­fice For Na­tional Sta­tis­tics.

At 481.5 en­trants per 100,000, the rates are also above the Eng­land av­er­age, re­ported in a per­sonal well­be­ing re­port.

Liver­pool cen­tre was a close se­cond with 464.4 en­trants to the youth jus­tice sys­tem, the Eng­land av­er­age is only 292.5.

Other ar­eas in the re­gion re­ported sim­i­lar or lower rates of en­trants in com­par­i­son with the Eng­land av­er­age.

Of­fence rates and crimes on the crime sever­ity score are also re­ported to be chal­leng­ing for Hal- ● ton, as it’s score puts it se­cond worst, be­hind Liver­pool cen­tre.

Hal­ton saw an above av­er­age 107 of­fences per 1,000 pop­u­la­tion in the year end­ing March, 2018. The Eng­land av­er­age is 83.

On the Crime Sever­ity Score, a sys­tem that gives more se­vere of­fence cat­e­gories a higher weight­ing than less se­vere ones, the Eng­land av­er­age is 13.3.

Hal­ton is just above av­er­age with a score of 14.0, how­ever this is a sig­nif­i­cant jump, af­ter the last eight years have seen Hal­ton with a score of 9.2 or lower.

Crime lev­els are not hav­ing as much as an ef­fect in other ar­eas of the Liver­pool City Re­gion; all ar­eas showed rates be­low the Eng­land av­er­age rang­ing between 72-81 of­fences.

The Of­fice For Na­tional Sta­tis­tics noted that stud­ies have found fear about crime can have a real im­pact on per­sonal well­be­ing.

There­fore, if Hal­ton is viewed as a high crime area, it could af­fect the res­i­dents per­sonal well­be­ing and have a spillover ef­fect on well-be­ing in sur­round­ing ar­eas.

How­ever, life-sat­is­fac­tion lev­els, anx­i­ety lev­els and hap­pi­ness lev­els, dep­site be­ing be­low Eng­land av­er­age in Hal­ton, are some of the best in the re­gion.

More Hal­ton youths en­ter the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem than Liver­pool

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