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  One in four kids admit crime
Updated 19 May 2002, 13.07
Child behind bars
A quarter of all children have committed a crime in the last year, researchers claim.

One in four children between the ages of 11 and 16 who were asked, admitted they had taken part in crimes like burglary, stealing cars and vandalism.

This figure shot up to two thirds among those children who'd been expelled.

And a quarter of those who had been expelled said they'd stolen a mobile in the last year.

'Average' criminal

A young vandal
But more young offenders are being punished for their crimes too, the research showed.

The only crime which has gone down is shoplifting, but all other types have gone up.

The 'average' child criminal was also found to be white, between 14-16 years old, and living in either London, the south east or the north east.

More than 5,000 children, and 500 expelled children, were quizzed for the survey.

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