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Toddler, 2, accused of sex offence and boy, 6, accused of rape

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By admin , in UK , at January 5, 2018

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Toddler, 2, accused of sex offence and boy, 6, accused of rape
Stock image: Cambridgeshire police have revealed more than 200 children under 10 were accused of crimes last year (Picture: Getty)

A two year old child accused of a sex offence and a six-year-old suspected of rape were among hundreds of kids reported to a police force last year, it has been revealed.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed the toddler and six year old were among more than 200 children aged under 10 reported to them for alleged crimes last year.

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Figures released by the force also revealed the number of under-tens reported to them had rocketed by 260 per cent.

That’s despite an offender needing to be over the age of ten to be legally responsible for a crime.

Cambridgeshire Police revealed that in 2013, just 53 of the youngsters were reported to the force – rising to 77 the following year, then leaping to 141 in 2015.

Toddler, 2, accused of sex offence and boy, 6, accused of rape
Children under 10 cannot be held legally responsible for a crime (Picture: Getty)

But in 2016, the number increased to 190 and hit an all time high last year (2017) when it reached 205.

A total of 14 children were reported for carrying a knife, one as young as eight, and a six-year-old was accused of rape.

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A ten-year-old was accused of sexual grooming and a six-year-old was reported over making death threats.

But despite this, the force has seen a 70 per cent reduction in the number of children arrested.

A Cambridgeshire police spokeswoman said: ‘There can be a number of factors behind variations in crime statistics over a period of years.

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‘Some of these figures reflect our drive to improve consistency in crime recording so the public can have confidence in the figures and in reporting crimes to us in the first place.

‘We now record incidents as crimes when previously, for example they might have been recorded as anti-social behaviour or simply a suspicious incident.

‘The force has carried out significant work to ensure that children are not wrongly criminalised and that a common sense approach is taken when considering the most appropriate response to crimes or incidents involving children.’

The Home Office states the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is ten-years-old, which means they can’t be arrested or charged with a crime.

There are however other punishments that can be given to children under ten who break the law, including a local child curfew and a child safety order.

They can also sometimes be taken into care, or their parents could be held responsible.

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