MailOnline 10 March 2015
Police are increasingly being called out to discipline unruly children, a new report warns, with experts blaming a breakdown in traditional families for the increase.
Officers have been called to homes by parents left unable to cope after seemingly minor incidents such as a row over a TV remote, a study by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary revealed today.
In one case a 13-year-old boy was arrested for common assault for attacking his sister, 11, while another boy, 17, was arrested for pushing his stepfather and damaging the garden fence.
A girl was arrested after rowing with her sister over the remote control for the TV, and a 15-year-old girl was taken into custody when she attacked her mother during a meeting at school.
Some experts suggested that the increase could be explained to single mothers being intimidated by their own teenage children, and a breakdown in extended families where grandparents were traditionally used to help guide youngsters.
Others blamed the police’s target-driven culture which leads officers to take a ‘blanket’ approach to any incidents classed as domestic violence – meaning they are keen to arrest someone even if the only ‘suspect’ is a child.