Arrest of boy, 13, sees drop in crime

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Police have reported an improvement in their divisional crime figures after arresting a 13-year-old boy from Wragby.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been charged with five offences.

He is currently on bail to appear at court at a later date.

Initially, he was identified as being involved in several shop thefts in Wragby - and criminal damage of a telephone kiosk.

He was given a conditional caution by the police’s Youth Offending Team.

Within two days of the terms of the caution being agreed, the boy was caught ‘red handed’ running from a shop clutching a full charity box.

He was arrested and charged with the five offences, including four of theft, one of criminal damage and one additional theft from a person.

The information is contained in the latest report by Inspector Terry Ball, the head of police in the Wolds Division.

He said the arrest of the teenager had ‘partly straightened out’ a recent prevalence of shop thefts.