News – Scotland’s child criminals

Paul Kosciecha Paul is the main preacher at Whittlesey Baptist Church.
01 March, 2008 0 min read

Scotland’s child criminals

Law and order statistics released as part of a Freedom of Information request indicate that children as young as four years old are involved in criminal activity such as house-breaking and petty assault.

Figures compiled by Grampian police show that during a single year nearly 10,000 crimes were committed by children under 18. Perhaps the most striking group were those aged under eight – where 49 offences were committed.

The children cannot be identified, but they include a four-year-old accused of house-breaking, a five-year-old caught shoplifting, and another house-breaker aged five. There were 26 cases of vandalism among the under-eights.

Both the police and Scottish Government have called on parents to acknowledge their responsibilities and to teach young people right from wrong.

Paul Kosciecha

Paul is the main preacher at Whittlesey Baptist Church.
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