Youth crime level falls in Jersey says minister

Senator Ian Le Marquand Senator Ian Le Marquand said there had been a "dramatic reduction" in youth court cases

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Incidents of youth crime in Jersey have been estimated to fall by about 30 this year, says the Home Affairs Minister.

Figures from the Children's Policy Group showed a drop in the number of young people going to court, compared to 2011.

Senator Ian Le Marquand described it as a "dramatic reduction" in youth court cases but the cause is not clear.

"The figure is probably a statistical blip, but it is likely that the 2012 total will be 150 or less," he said.

The enforcement and support agencies said they had seen a general reduction in youth crime in the last few years, but this year stood out.

Senator Le Marquand said: "Although it is probably unlikely that the levels for 2011-2012 will remain at such a low level, it appears that there has been a significant shift in the recent pattern of levels of youth crime."

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