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Under 10 Years Old - Reported Crimes

Question

1. How many crimes were reported over the last five years where the suspect was under the age of ten? (nine and under)  

Please break down in calendar years for:  

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015 

b) In addition to the totals, I would be grateful if for the years 2014 and 2015, you could break down by the child’s age, and the crime they were reported for.

Answer

Children under the age of ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of 'criminal responsibility' they cannot be charged with any criminal offence. No child under the age of ten shall be guilty of a crime; however they can still commit an offence which will be recorded. Please find details below concerning instances were a child under 10 has been believed to be responsible for or suspected of an offence. 

The information requested for the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 has been considered and I am not obliged to provide the requested information as the exemption applicable is Section 21 – information reasonably accessible by other means. This information is available to view on our website. I have provided a link for reference. 

The information requested for 2015 can be found in the table below. 

Age

5

6

7

8

9

Arson

 

 

1

1

Burglary

 

 

 

 

1

Criminal   Damage

 

3

6

5

13

Other   Offences

5

3

4

8

6

Robbery

 

 

 

 

2

Theft   And Handling Stolen Goods

 

 

2

6

11

Violence   Against The Person

2

3

17

8

38

Total

7

9

29

28

72

 

FOI Reference: 107/16