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Region's child arrests drop in five years

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Arrests of children by Greater Manchester Police have fallen by 66 per cent in the last five years, figures published by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today.

Research by the charity has found that the force made 3,714 arrests of children aged 17 and under last year, down from 10,903 in 2011.

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:

For the sixth year running, we have seen a significant reduction in child arrests across the country. This is a tremendous achievement, and we will continue to support police forces to develop their good practice and reduce the number to an absolute minimum.

Greater Manchester Police should be applauded for their positive approach, and the Howard League is proud to have played its part in a transformation that will make our communities safer.

By working together, we are ensuring that tens of thousands of children will have a brighter future and not be dragged into a downward spiral of crime and custody.

– Frances Crook

The statistics have been published in a Howard League briefing, Child arrests in England and Wales 2016, which shows how reducing the number of children entering the system has stemmed the flow of children into custody.

Child arrest figures for the region:

  • Cheshire
Drop
2010: 1,870 2011: 1,904 2012: 1,508 2013: 1,269 2014: 1,266 2015: 1,292 2016: 1,187
  • Greater Manchester
Drop
2010: Not recorded 2011: 10,903 2012: 7,807 2013: 6,144 2014: 5,969 2015: 4,587 2016: 3,714
  • Lancashire
Drop
2010: 9,779 2011: 5,476 2012: 4,158 2013: 3,201 2014: 2,887 2015: 3,074 2016: 2,775
  • Merseyside
Drop
2010: 10,197 2011: 8,421 2012: 6,213 2013: 5,066 2014: 5,295 2015: 3,273 2016: 2,570