HAMPSHIRE police have welcomed findings that the number of children being arrested has fallen dramatically over the last five years.
A report by the Howard League for Penal Reform shows that 10,458 children were taken into custody in 2008.
It fell to 6,533 in 2011 and down to 3,929 last year.
For Sussex police the number of children arrested fell from 7,081 in 2008 to 4,018 last year.
The drop follows a trend across the country as more children are dealt with using community resolutions to make amends for any wrongdoing.
Jim Pusey, a spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We work with our partner agencies to ensure that young people who commit an offence for the first time receive support to keep them away from crime.
‘As a force, we welcome that drop.’