A boy aged just nine years old has been breathalysed and held in custody, after being caught drink-driving. The young boy from Cumbria, was released without charge when the police discovered his age. He was deemed not old enough to be accountable for his actions. As the number of children under the age of 18 who are arrested in the North of England has risen dramatically within the past two years, safety campaigners are demanding that action be taken to stop car crime among children.
Included in the thousands of underage arrests made since 2009 are a ten year old and four children aged 11, who were arrested for stealing cars in Northumbria. Seven kids in Cleveland, aged 12 were also arrested for car crime. A ten year old was arrested by North Yorkshire police for stealing a car, and a 12 year old was arrested for aggravated car theft by Durham police.
In a two year period 2,467 children up to the age of 18 were arrested for a variety of offences which includes car theft, teenage drinking and driving, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while underage. Following the increase in children being arrested for crimes which put their own and other people’s lives at risk, Kath Hartley from Brake, a charity which campaigns for speed limits to be lowered, demanded that road safety be taught in school. She said:
It is incredibly concerning that young people are risking their own and other people’s lives on the road. This must be addressed as a matter of urgency.