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Under 16 drug arrests (6837/16)


Please provide the number of children under 16, broken down by age, who were arrested in the past five years on suspicion of;
a) drugs possession offences and
b) drugs supply offences.

Please provide a table showing the number of children by age arrested for the two different offence types for each of the last five years.


Please find attached our response. Please note that the data contains duplicates, as a person under 15 could have been arrested for a possession and a supply offence at the same time. Each person has been counted once for each possession, supply or possession with intent to supply offence in the data.

Please also note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.