Under-10 crime revealed

Greater transparency of official data means it is the public, rather than only politicians, who can decide what is interesting and worthy of study. A good example comes from this BBC News story.

Children under 10 suspected of 3,000 crimes
LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of crimes went unpunished in England and Wales last year because the suspects were too young to be prosecuted, it was reported on Sunday.

Children under 10 were suspected of having carried out 2,840 crimes, about half of which were cases of arson or criminal damage.

But there were also 66 sex offences, some against children under 13, for which they were the main suspects.They were also thought to be responsible for harassment, wounding and burglary.

The story resulted from successful FOI requests to 32 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. The data already existed but without FOI, we’d never have known about this important public issue.

2 Responses to “Under-10 crime revealed”

  1. IanP says:

    Heather,

    I think a useful follow-up to this story would be to name and shame those forces who failed to comply with the FOI requests.

    It is not unreasonable for police forces to be held accountable when they fail to comply with the law.

  2. heather says:

    Yes good idea. I think I know the reporter who made this request so I will ask her, find out and then post a ‘name and shame’.

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