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Table shows reducing number of children arrested by police - with just 936 last year; The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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This table shows the reducing number of childrenarrested by police.

Back in 2010, figures show that there were 4,367 kids and young people arrestedby Cleveland Police.

But fast-forward to 2017 and the picture is very different - with just 936 children detained.

The stark difference is a record low and a three-quarter drop.

Experts put the huge decrease down to police taking a more "positive" approach to youngsters and being more prepared to see them as victims.

Here is a table of the figures:

The number of under 18s arrested by Cleveland Police by year

2010 - 4,367

2011 - 3,368

2012 - 2,407

2013 - 1,862

2014 - 1,527

2015 - 1,358

2016 - 1,206

2017 - 936

The statistics were obtained by the Howard League - the world's oldest penal reform charity.

Chief executive Frances Crook said: "It is a phenomenal achievement by the police and the Howard League, and it means that tens of thousands of children will have a brighter future without their life chances being blighted by unnecessary police contact and criminal records.

"Police forces across England and Wales have adopted a positive approach that will make our communities safer, and the Howard League is proud to have played its part in that transformation.

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"We have come a long way, but there is still more work to do.

"The Howard League has launched a programme to end the criminalisation of children in residential care, and our research also highlights the need for better understanding of child criminal exploitation.

"Children who have been trafficked to commit crime should be seen as victims first and foremost."

There were 79,012 child arrests in 2017 across England and Wales.

That was a 67.9 per cent reduction on the 245,763 arrests in 2010.

The number has fallen every year since, and stood at 87,525 in 2016.

Teesside Live has contacted Cleveland Police.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 10, 2018
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