450 children spent night in Cumbria police cells in 2011
Last updated at 16:50, Monday, 14 October 2013
Nearly 450 children under 17 spent a night in the cells in Cumbria in 2011.
Figures from the Howard League for Penal Reform today revealed the equivalent of eight a week spend a night locked up by police.
Figures for Cumbria, show the number fell slightly on the previous year, in 2010, when there were 482.
Of the 443 during 2011, the vast majority were boys – 364 – while 79 were girls.
The charity says the drop reflects success in their campaign to reduce the number of children getting caught up in the criminal justice system.
They are calling for the practice of holding children overnight in police cells to be brought to an end altogether and want the police service to work with children’s services to provide safe and appropriate care for boys and girls who come to their attention.
Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: “Holding children as young as 10 in police cells overnight is unjustifiable.
“The vast majority of children who are locked up are innocent of any crime, and it is a frightening and intimidating experience which does more harm than good.
“It is encouraging to see that the number of detentions is falling nationwide, thanks in part to our successful campaigning. This is a victory for common sense, prudent use of police resources and improved community relations.”
The figures are to be presented to MPs tomorrow at a Howard League event at Westminster with Jacqui Cheer, the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead on children and young people.
Chief Inspector Terry Bathgate, who works in the Criminal Justice Unit at Cumbria police, said they were pleased to see a fall in overnight detentions of children.
“We recognise that there is still more to be done to bring this figure down even further,” he said. “We are working closely with our partners in children’s services to enable us to achieve the best outcome for the child and for the communities that we serve.”
First published at 16:48, Monday, 14 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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They pick on kids to get their figures for reported crimes against solved crimes up.As is currently being reported in the national press, you cant trust the police.
I'm surprised no one has blamed the teachers yet, after all, everything is our fault.
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