A teenager from Northumbria has notched up a staggering 106 arrests before his 16th birthday – after starting a life of crime when he was just 10.
The unidentified 15-year-old has been arrested for crimes including burglary, arson and joyriding, according to data from a Freedom of Information request.
The boy’s first arrest came at the age of 10, when criminal responsibility begins in the UK.
Several of his arrests were for shoplifting offences.
A teenager from North Wales was second on the list, having been arrested 83 times from the age of 10 to 18.
A child from West Yorkshire who was arrested by police 77 times between the age of 12 and 17 came third on the list.
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Hampshire Police Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney – the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for children and young people – told The Sun: ‘A small minority of children commit multiple offences.
‘It’s important to identify the causes and intervene before they escalate to prolific offending.’
Scotland Yard confirmed that 10 youngsters from London had been held at least 50 times each.