A CHARITY has revealed Devon and Cornwall Police arrested more than 3,300 children last year.
A report from the Howard League for Penal Reform showed the force had arrested children aged 17 or under at an average rate of 64 a week.
However, the figure for 2011 – which was the arrest of 3,363 girls and boys – does represent a steady decline over the past four years.
In 2008, the force arrested 5,495 children while in 2009 and 2010 officers arrested 4757 and 4132 respectively.
The Howard League said it was pleased with the figures coming from Devon and Cornwall as it continued its own campaign to reduce the number of child arrests.