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The arrests data collection for England and Wales began in 1999-2000, and data can only be broken down to the age groupings 'under 10 years', '10-17 years', '18-20 years', '21 years and over' and 'age unknown'. Latest available information therefore relates to arrests for notifiable offences of persons aged between 10 and 17 years for the financial years 1999-2000 to 2010-11, and are shown in Table A. Data for 2011-12 are scheduled to be published in the spring of 2013.
The Ministry of Justice has advised that data on persons charged are not collected centrally.
Information provided by the Ministry of Justice showing the number of defendants aged 10, 11, 12 and 13 years found guilty for criminal offences at all courts in England and Wales between the years 1997 and 2011 are shown in Table B.
Since the arrests data are based on the year in which persons were arrested, and the convictions data are based on the year in which court proceedings were concluded, data in the two tables are not directly comparable.
|Table A—Number of arrested(1) persons aged between 10 and 17 years: England and Wales, 1999-2000 to 2010-11|
|Year of arrest(2)||Number|
|(1) Arrested for notifiable offences. (2) Figures for 1999-2000 to 2005-06 contain estimates for some police forces and are rounded to the nearest 100.|
|Table B—Offenders found guilty of a criminal offence by age: England and Wales, 1997 to 2011(1)|
|(1) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. Defendants found guilty of two or more offences are counted once. (2) The age of offenders when found guilty. (3) The year in which offenders were found guilty. (4) Excludes convictions data for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July, and August 2008. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.|