Norfolk/Suffolk:140 Children Held Overnight In Cells

Heart can exclusively reveal the number of children held in custody in Norfolk and Suffolk over the last two years.

In Norfolk over the last two years - 59 under 15 year-old's were held overnight in cells.  87 were held for linger than 12 hours and 3 were held for more than a day.

In Suffolk the figures are slightly higher - 81 children under 15 were held overnight, 105 were held for more than 12 hours and 6 were held for longer than a day.

The figures come after a Freedom of Information Request by Heart.

After the request  Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire spoke to Heart about some of the issues they face when dealing with children who commit crime:

Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire

The Howard League for Penal Reform Campaign to reduce the number of children who end up in a police cell.  Instead they'd like to see more children dealt with outside of the criminal system where possible.

Andrew Nielson from the charity spoke to Heart Reporter Hannah Griffiths:

Andrew Nielson - Howard League For Penal Reform

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