193 year old law used by police to arrest children

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193 year old law used by police to arrest children

Post by Admin on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:48 am

Freedom of Information requests (FOI) have revealed that a UK police force has been arresting children as young as 12 under a law passed in 1824; 193 years ago.
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As The Bristol Post reported, an FOI it submitted to Avon and Somerset Police showed that the force arrested eight people in Bristol in the past year, using the Vagrancy Act of 1824. Police charged four of the people, three of whom were homeless when they were arrested. The other four were not homeless and were not convicted. But the use of this archaic law is actually more widespread than just these isolated incidents.


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