Fall in youngsters taken into custody

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THE number of young people being taken in to custody in Portsmouth continues to fall.

In the year ending April 2015, six were taken into custody, down from 21 in 2012/13. At a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 it is below the national average of 0.42.

Reoffending by those aged under 18, also continues to fall with a reduction of 3.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2014/15.

Supt Will Schofield said: ‘We are pleased to see these rates going down, and have just received positive feedback from the independent inspection team, which tells us that we are moving in the right direction towards delivering an excellent service in relation to youth justice.’

But he said more needs to be done and police, social and health workers and teachers as well as parents, peers and the wider community need to work together.