Drink-driving nine-year-old let off thanks to his age

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Police in Cumbria pulled over a driver due to his erratic driving and where not surprised when he tested positive for alcohol.

However, we imagine they were a little surprised when they had to release him as he was just nine years old and could not be prosecuted.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken into police custody in Cumbria but could not be charged as he was deemed too young to be held accountable for his actions.

The child was just one of thousands of juveniles arrested in the north of England over the last two years, in total 2,467 were stopped by police for crimes including car theft, aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving and underage driving.

A 10-year-old and four 11-year olds were arrested in the Northumbria area for car theft, while seven 12-year-olds were arrested in Cleveland for the same offence. Durham and North Yorkshire Police also both arrested a 12-year-old and a 10-year-old respectively.

Kath Hartley, of the charity Brake, said: "Young people must be taught the dangers of getting behind the wheel without proper training."

She told The Sunday Sun in Newcastle: "It is incredibly concerning that young people are risking their own and other people's lives on the road.

"This must be addressed as a matter of urgency."