Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ladette binge-drinking violence soars by 300%

Now what is going on in England...

Violent attacks by binge-drinking teenage girls have risen by nearly 300 per cent in seven years in a frightening wave of ‘ladette’ violence.

And while more and more teenage girls are going on the rampage, criminal behaviour by teenage boys is on the decrease.

The extraordinary turnaround in teenage lawlessness emerges in figures that have been obtained by the highly respected Youth Justice Board.

It claims that new research suggests the number of violent offences against the person carried out by girls aged between ten and 17 has increased from 6,000 in 2001 to almost 23,000 last year.

Alcohol is one of the main factors: approximately one in three girls aged 15 to 16 admits that she binge-drinks.

The total number of offences by girls aged ten to 17 resulting in court action in 2007/08 was 58,500, a ten per cent rise in two years.

Nearly four in ten crimes committed by girls involved violent assault. Nearly one in three involved handling stolen goods.

The girls with the worst record in the group are aged 15 and 16.

However, while the total number of offences by teenage boys is still much higher – 120,000 – the number has fallen by six per cent in the same period.

If the trends were to continue, the number of crimes by teenage girls could catch up with their male counterparts in four to five years.

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