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Under 17 Custody (5501_14 and 5518_14)


  1. How many children aged 17 years and under have spent one or more nights in police cells from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013?
  1. Please break the figures down by age (e.g. 17 years old – 105 children; 16 years old – 110 children; 15 years old – 74 children etc.).
  1. Please break the figures down by gender (e.g. Male – 402 children; Female – 161 children).
  1. Please break the figures down by ethnicity (e.g. White British – 162 children; White European – 27 children; Black or Black British-African – children; Black or Black British-Caribbean – 12 children; Chinese – 21 children etc.).


If you have a definition of overnight that your police force uses then I would be grateful if you could use that. If not, then I would be grateful if you could use the Legal Services Research Centre definition, which is ‘at least four hours in police custody between the hours of midnight and 8am’.


Please find attached (5501_5518_attachment_01.pdf). We have used the definition in your clarification, but please note that the accuracy of the data relies on the quality of the data inputted.

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.