The number of children arrested by Northamptonshire Police has fallen by 51% in the last four years.
That’s according to data obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform and released today (Monday 23 November).
Research by the charity has found that the number of arrests in the county dropped from 2,594 in 2010 to 1,270 in 2014.
The number of children being arrested by Cambridgeshire Police has fallen by more than two thirds over the past four years.
In 2010, there were nearly 3,500. Last year, that figure had fallen to just over 1,000.
The charity says the figures confirm the continued success of a long-running Howard League programme of work to keep as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system.
Every police service in England and Wales made fewer arrests in 2014 than in 2010, with some constabularies reducing their numbers by more than 70 per cent.