Figures published earlier this week have revealed that over the last five years, in excess of 1,000 children aged under 10 years old have been stopped and searched by police within England and Wales.
The latest data, compiled from figures released by 22 police forces, has revealed between 2009 and last year, 1,136 children aged under 10 – which is the age for criminal responsibility – were stopped and searched by police.
Of these, 130 incidents involved West Yorkshire police.
In addition, the data has also revealed that over one million under 18s were stopped and searched by police during the same period; with 50,000 being stopped and searched by West Yorkshire police alone.
The latest figures come as police in Scotland announced that children aged under 12 years old will no longer be subject to “consensual” stop and searches.
Whilst the latest figures have highlight the number of stop and searches carried out on children over the last five years; as criminal law solicitors in Yorkshire, we understand and appreciate that being accused of a crime can be a daunting experience for anyone, particularly children – and this is why, our solicitors specialise in assisting young offenders.
Our specialist youth court solicitors are highly experienced in representing young people and guiding them through the legal process in a clear and sympathetic way; and we are regularly instructed to act for children and young people who are being dealt with by the legal system.
Through our experience within this area of law, in instance where the child wishes to pleaded not guilty, our solicitors in Leeds will put forward the best possible defence and if they choose to plead guilty then we can often argue for a reduced sentence or, if a court order is to be made, negotiate the best possible terms.
To find out how we can assist you, contact us today.