Teenagers found guilty of crime has soared by over 25%, reveals a Labour think tank. The number of teenagers found guilty or cautioned for crime has shot up by more than a quarter in the last six years.
The fast-rising numbers of young people hauled before the courts or dealt with by police - revealed by a Labour think tank - suggest that billions spent on trying to cut youth crime have had no effect.
Figures gathered by the IIPR under the Freedom of Information Act show that the number of under-18s convicted of a crime or cautioned rose by 27 per cent over the past six years. For those aged between 10 and 15, the number went up by a third.Among adults, the increase in numbers of convicted or cautioned offenders went up by 11 per cent.
The Institute for Public Policy Research says that the rising number of teenage criminals is the result of the target culture in police forces and says that many young people are being made criminals for minor offences. In future young offenders should be dealth with by 'community justice panels' made up of victims and 'community representatives'.