Saturday, January 7, 2012

Children aged 11 are being held for dealing in drugs as 12,000 under-16 are arrested in the UK

Children as young as 11 have been arrested for possessing drugs with intent to sell, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

The statistics show the extent to which drugs have penetrated the lives of schoolchildren.

Police have made more than 12,000 arrests of under-16s for possessing or supplying illegal substances over the past three years.

The figures reveal youngsters are experimenting with cannabis, ecstasy, speed, cocaine and even heroin.

Police have caught 11-year-olds with drugs they intend to sell, possibly after being recruited by older dealers.

Campaigners said the damning statistics are evidence of how drugs are corrupting the lives of children at an increasingly young age.

They suspect many teenagers consider drugs an integral part of growing up, inextricably linked to the music and dance culture.

Former teacher Mary Brett, who has written books on educating children about the dangers of drugs, said those caught may be only the tip of the iceberg.

She said: ‘I am sure a lot of police turn a blind eye, certainly I have heard anecdotally that many do nothing when children are caught with a bit of cannabis. Read More