MORE than 70 pensioners have been charged with offences – ranging from violence to fraud – in the Portsmouth area, figures reveal.
Between April 2010 to March 2011, 12 people aged 65 to 70, were charged for a violent offence in the policing area which covers Fareham, Havant and Gosport.
In Portsmouth nine people were charged with the same offence – including three people aged 71 to 80.
Overall 74 pensioners were charged – 55 people in Fareham, Gosport and Havant and 19 in the city.
Charges included criminal damage, theft and handling stolen good and drugs.
This was a decrease on 2009-10, during which Hampshire police ended up charging 88 pensioners.
The figures were released by police after a Freedom of Information request by The News.