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More than 6,300 young people aged 16 and under have been convicted at court here since 2010

More than 6,300 young people aged 16 and under have been convicted at court here since 2010

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

More than 6,300 young people aged 16 and under have been convicted at court here since 2010

Children as young as 11 were among the 422 youngsters hauled in front of the courts and convicted last year in Northern Ireland.

Justice Minister Naomi Long revealed the shocking range of crimes children have committed in recent years - including robbery, violence against the person, fraud, motoring and drugs offences.

In some cases children aged 13 and under have been convicted of sex crimes.