27/06/2011 10:28 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Under 10s Crime Wave

THREE-year-old's crime waves going unpunished PA

Around 3000 'criminals' - some just toddlers of THREE - are avoiding punishment for their wrongdoings because of their age.

Police figures show that thousands of youngsters - whose crimes include rape, burglary and robbery - are avoiding criminal proceedings because they are simply too young to be prosecuted.

Data obtained under a Freedom of Information request shows that 1,605 crimes were blamed on a child under ten in the last financial year - the total of 3,000 comes from adding likely figures from the country's 22 other forces, including the Met, where a sixth of all offences take place.

Crimes committed include eight-year-olds suspected of sexual assaults in Manchester, two eight-year-olds suspected of rape in Fife, a sexual attack, vandalism and assault from five six-year-old boys in Avon and Somerset, and a four-year-old responsible for acts of vandalism in Essex.

Children under ten are currently not considered 'responsible' for their actions.

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