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Crimes Where the Suspect Was Under 10 Years Old

Question

Please provide a list of all crimes police have investigated in the last five years where the suspect was under the age of 10.

Please include the age they were at the time, when the investigation took place and the crime they were suspected of committing

Answer

As I’m sure you are aware a child under 10 cannot be held criminally responsible for an offence, however they can of course be identified a responsible party and recorded as such.

Please find the information below concerning those instances. 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Arson

 

1

2

3

1

 

Burglary

 

2

 

1

1

4

Criminal Damage

25

25

13

25

24

17

Other Offences

 

 

 

3

 

1

Robbery

1

 

3

 

1

 

Sexual Offences

2

11

23

14

15

5

Theft And Handling Stolen Goods

10

9

15

21

19

10

Violence Against The Person

17

23

32

73

52

86

Sum:

55

71

88

140

113

123

 

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Age 5

2

8

4

5

3

Age 6

3

6

15 

8

8

Age 7

2

14

28

17

13

Age 8

14

15

23

26

34

34

Age 9

34

37

27

74

49

70

Sum:

55

71

87

140

113

123

FOI reference: 1176/17.

Date of request: 27.09.17.