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Children under 16 arrested for Drugs Offences

Question

Please provide the number of children under 16, broken down by age, who were arrested in the past five years on suspicion of;

a) drugs possession offences and 

b) drugs supply offences.

Please provide a table showing the number of children by age arrested for the two different offence types for each of the last five years.

Answer

Please see the information below. We have provided details of drugs possession offences, supply offences and in addition to your questions possession with intent to supply.

I have provided the data in three groups for each age/year:

You may note the figures decrease over the five year period. This is largely due to the majority of youths being voluntary attenders at a police station as an alternative to being arrested.

 

Detainee

Age at arrest

2011-12

Possession

PWITS

Supply

11

1

 

 

12

3

1

 

13

5

1

 

14

24

 

 

15

69

3

1

 

Detainee

Age at arrest

2012-13

Possession

PWITS

Supply

11

 

 

 

12

1

 

 

13

5

 

1

14

19

2

 

15

60

7

3

 

Detainee

Age at arrest

2013-14

Possession

PWITS

Supply

11

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

2

1

 

14

12

2

1

15

38

5

1

 

Detainee

Age at arrest

2014-15

Possession

PWITS

Supply

11

1

1

 

12

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

14

5

 

1

15

20

2

2

 

Detainee

Age at arrest

2015-16

Possession

PWITS

Supply

11

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

1

1

 

14

9

2

2

15

17

11

9

 

FOI Ref:814/16

Date of Request: 13.06.16