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Child attacks on parents on the rise

The number of children carrying out violent crimes against their parents is rising


Figures from the Metropolitan Police area reveal that the total of suspects aged 17 or under rose to 1,437 in 2014 from 895 in 2012.

The youngest to be questioned by officers was just seven.

Some 253 children aged between 10 and 17 were taken to court, up from 207 in 2012.

These included one youngster accused of murder, 34 of wounding or grievous bodily harm, 90 of assault with injury, 99 of common assault, one of rape and five of robbery.

In the UK children under 10 are below the age of criminal responsibility and cannot be charged with committing a criminal offence.

However, they can be given a local child curfew or child safety order.

The Daily Telegraph said a separate set of figures from Cambridgeshire Police showed children as young as four were investigated.

It said police were speaking to them about crimes including assaults and sexual offences.

The force said 54 under-10s were alleged to have committed crimes last year, including six children aged eight or nine accused of rapes, according to the newspaper.

The figures covered all types of crime and not just those in which parents were the victim.

A four-year-old was investigated for “criminal damage to a building” and a five-year-old was investigated for another unspecified type of criminal damage last year.

Earlier this year a report released by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for England and Wales said that parents are increasingly calling the police to deal with their disruptive children.

It cited in one case a young girl who was held in police cells following a fight with her sister over a TV remote control.

The report said officers were “called frequently to deal with incidents where parents or children’s homes could not cope with a child’s disruptive behaviour and sought to use the police as a way to discipline children”.

Every child will misbehave and be unruly at some time.

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