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Children Held Overnight in Police Custody since November 2015

Question

1) The number of under 18s held overnight in police custody in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. My definition of "overnight" means anybody brought into custody between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Can I have the figures broken down by year?

2) The age of the youngest child held overnight in custody in 2015-16, and 2016-17.

3) What is the gender and ethnic breakdown of the children held overnight. 

3) What is the longest period a child was held, in custody, in terms of hours? And how old were they? And what year was this in?

Answer

Due to a current issue with our reporting system, we are unable to electronically retrieve this data prior to November 2015. Below is the information that is available. Please note that 2015/16 is not an entire year therefore will not be suitable for comparison with other Forces.

Please find the information in the tables below: 

2015/16

(From 24 November 2015 onwards)

2016/17

Number of children brought into custody between 10pm and 6am

130

346

 

2015/16

(From 24 November 2015 onwards)

2016/17

Youngest Age

12

11

 

2015/16

(From 24 November 2015 onwards)

2016/17

Male

105

287

Female

25

59

 

 

 

 

2015/16

(From 24 November 2015 onwards)

2016/17

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1

A2. Asian - Pakistani

 

1

A3. Asian - Bangladeshi

1

 

A9. Any other Asian background

 

10

B1. Black Caribbean

3

10

B2. Black African

4

8

B9. Any other Black background

2

5

M1. White & Black Caribbean

8

19

M9. Any other mixed background

 

2

NS. Not stated

3

7

O9. Any other ethnic group

1

3

W1. White British

107

276

W9. Any other white background

1

4

4. In 2016/17, a 15 year old was held in custody for 54 hours and 37 minutes.

Alternative local authority accommodation was sought as an alternative to custody, but none was available locally.

FOI reference: 359/17.

Date of request: 11.03.17.