Alarming rise in child firearm offences

29 March 2016

New figures published by the Press Association have uncovered that 1,549 children were arrested for alleged firearm offences between 2013 and January 2016.

The figures released by police forces under the Freedom of Information Act show a 20% increase in the number of children arrested in 2015 for such incidents, involving firearms, air weapons and imitation guns.

Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "These figures show an alarming rise in the number of children being arrested for firearms offences at a time when the police service is currently operating with 17,000 fewer officers than five years ago. It comes on the back of a rise in recorded gun crime earlier this year for the first time in ten years. These are worrying trends that I fear will only increase if the government continues to cut the police and we continue to lose neighbourhood policing. Now is the time to be investing in the police service for the safety and security of us all."