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Hundreds of offences in Thames Valley by under-10s

More than 350 offences involving suspects aged under 10 were recorded in the Thames Valley region over the past three years, the BBC has found.

Those responsible fall under the age of criminality and cannot be prosecuted.

The 379 recorded offences included a four-year-old accused of a sex attack on a child and a nine-year-old caught in possession of a firearm.

Police said the numbers were going down, while they always sought to speak to parents and use powers like curfews.

The Thames Valley force declined to comment further about the nature of the offences.

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, showed recorded offences by children aged under 10 stood at 91 for 2012/13, compared with 122 in 2011/12, and 166 in 2010/11.

  • 30 Jul 2013
  • From the section England