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Child attacks on parents increasing

The number of children being investigated by police for violent crimes against their parents is rising, according to new figures.

The total of suspects aged 17 or under in the Metropolitan Police area rose to 1,437 in 2014 from 895 in 2012, statistics from the force show. The youngest was just seven.

Some 253 children aged between 10 and 17 were proceeded against, up from 207 in 2012.

These included one youngster accused of murder, 34 of wounding or grievous bodily harm, 90 of assault with injury, 99 of common assault, one of rape and five of robbery.

Children under 10 are below the age of criminal responsibility.

The Daily Telegraph said a separate set of figures from another force showed children as young as four were investigated by police for crimes including assaults and sexual offences.

Cambridgeshire Police said 54 under-10s were alleged to have committed crimes last year, including six children aged eight or nine accused of rapes, according to the newspaper.

In the Cambridgeshire figures - which covered all types of crime and not just those in which parents were the victim - a four year old was investigated for "criminal damage to a building" and a five year old was looked into for another unspecified type of criminal damage last year.

They also showed two boys aged six and seven were investigated for "arson endangering life" in 2009 and an eight year old was the subject of a police inquiry for exposure in the same year, the newspaper said.

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