Fewer girls being arrested by police in East Yorkshire
There has been a 62 per cent drop in arrests of girls by Humberside Police in the past three years, figures show.
Officers made 476 arrests of girls aged 17 and younger during 2011 – a significant drop compared with 2008 when 1,263 arrests were recorded.
The statistics were obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Chief executive Frances Crook said: "Our evidence shows the police were arresting girls completely unnecessarily when they were out partying.
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"There are very few girls who have welfare needs, such as poverty and substance misuse, or are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
"Rather than being criminalised, these girls need protection from serious harm and support to help them mature into law-abiding citizens."