Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ten-Year-Olds Who Burgle, Steal and Beat People Up; Figures Reveal Levels of Crime among Young

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ten-Year-Olds Who Burgle, Steal and Beat People Up; Figures Reveal Levels of Crime among Young

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Byline: MARTIN BENTHAM

DOZENS of 10-year-olds were convicted of crimes in London last year, including violent attacks, robberies and burglaries.

Figures from the Youth Justice Board reveal there were 80 primary school criminals sentenced in London courts, among them seven burglars, 13 robbers and 26 involved in theft.

Crime among London's 11-year-olds was even worse, with 203 convictions: seven for motoring offences, 16 for burglary and 33 for assault or other violent attacks.

A further 760 crimes were committed by 12-year-olds.

The figures emerged after police revealed the number of juvenile muggings in the capital leapt by 15 per cent last year. Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair blamed the increase on a culture of bullying and petty robbery. Nearly half the suspects were described by victims as being 17 or under.

Sir Ian said the majority of thefts - more than 70 per cent - involved mobile phones.

The Youth Justice Board figures show there were 29,872 juvenile offenders in the capital in the year to April last year, of which more than 4,000 were girls.

Nationally, the statistics are equally disturbing, with 2,242 offences by 10-year-olds and 5,078 by 11-year-olds among a total of 287,013 committed by those aged 17 or under.

Most juvenile offences in London were committed by 16- and 17-year-olds, with about 8,500 crimes by children of each age.

There were 5,979 offences committed by 15-year-olds, 3,954 by 14-year-olds and 1,878 by 13-year-olds.

The highest number of convictions was for motoring crimes, 7,586, followed by 3,735 for violence and 2,486 for criminal damage.

Among those aged 10, 11 and 12, there were a dozen convictions for drug offences, six for fraud or forgery and more than 300 for theft and handling stolen goods. More than 100 were guilty of robbery and 60 of burglary.

White offenders were responsible for nearly half of London's 29,872 youth crimes. Another 8,595 were black, 2,287 were Asian and 1,864 were of mixed race.

The background of the rest was not known.

The board's Paul Ashford said a lack of funds had restricted its ability to tackle the youngest offenders but an extra [pounds sterling]45 million, [pounds sterling]8. …

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