1,400 children held by police

PUBLISHED: 17:58 30 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

NEARLY 1,400 children have been detained overnight in Avon and Somerset Constabulary s cells in the past two years.

NEARLY 1,400 children have been detained overnight in Avon and Somerset Constabulary's cells in the past two years.

A Freedom of Information Act revelation by the force showed that 1,398 under-16s have been held overnight in custody since 2008.

Boys as young as 10, and girls of just 11, have found themselves detained in custody while being questioned about various crimes.

The overwhelming majority of these children were held in the cells for just one night, but some cases involved detention for up to three days.

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