Research by the Howard League for Penal Reform shows that the number of arrests in Norfolk dropped from 3,341 in 2008 to 1,384 in 2013.

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Meanwhile, figures for Suffolk and Cambrideshire have also seen arrests of children fall over the same period with statistics for Suffolk showing the nubmber of arrests falling from 4,840 in 2008 to 1,092 in 2013 and in Cambridge from 4,054 to 1,067.

Bosses at the Howard League for Penal Reform have campaigned to keep as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system and say figures released today are testament to that. However, despite this positive trend, child arrests remain all too common nationwide.

Last year, police in England and Wales made 129,274 arrests of children aged 17 and under. These included 1,107 arrests of children who were aged 10 or 11, meaning that on average three primary school-age children were arrested every day.

In total, police in England and Wales made more than 1.3million arrests of children between January 2008 and December 2013.

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