CHILDREN as young as 10 are among hundreds of minors detained in Wigan cells last year for crimes including assault, rape, thefts and even murder.

The shocking figures obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) reveal the shocking extent of crimes being committed by youngsters in the borough between April 2012 and Match 2013.

Offences included the rape of a girl under 13, manslaughter, supplying class A drugs, arson and possessing an offensive weapon. The minimum age of criminal responsibility in the UK is 10 years old.

Reported by Wigan Today. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.