One in four children admit crime.
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claim, a quarter of all children have committed a crime in the last
One in four children between the ages of 11 and 16 who were asked,
admitted they had taken part in crimes like burglary, stealing cars
This figure shot up to two thirds among those children who'd been
And a quarter of those who had been expelled said they'd stolen
a mobile in the last year.
The research also showed that more young offenders are being punished
for their crimes too.
The only crime which has gone down is shoplifting, but all other
types have gone up.
The 'average' child criminal was also found to be white, between
14-16 years old, and living in either London, the south east or
the north east.
More than 5,000 children, and 500 expelled children, were quizzed
for the survey.