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Charity: Child jail rise is wrong

Issue No. 2273

A charity has condemned the government for locking up more than 100 children over the August riots—even though most are first-time suspects awaiting trial.

Official figures show that 60 percent of under-18s on remand over the riots have no previous convictions.

Unicef, the UN children’s charity, said the number of children detained is “very worrying”, and a possible breach of a UN treaty.

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Tue 11 Oct 2011, 18:47 BST
Issue No. 2273
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