TWO ten-your-old boys are among four youths charged in connection with a mindless vandalism spree that caused damage costing £23,000 at two schools in Edinburgh.
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A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy was caught by police with a broken snooker cue as the number of reports of children being charged for carrying offensive weapons in the Capital more than doubled over the last year.
MORE than 2000 schoolchildren were charged with crimes in Edinburgh during the last year, including murder, sexual attacks, assault, and robbery and housebreaking.
Reluctance to report offences FEWER people are prepared to report offences, despite there being more police on the streets and less crime overall for them to tackle.
DESPITE the Scottish Government putting 1,000 extra bobbies on the beat, people were not happy with the number of police seen patrolling communities.
HOUSEBREAKING and thefts are rising in Scotland as people hardest hit by the recession turn to crime, a nationwide survey has revealed.
POLICE today advised mobile phone users in the Lothians to mark their handsets with ultra-violet pens to help officers reunite owners with stolen devices.
A COMMUNITY event which aims to bring teenagers together in a bid to stamp out gang culture has been resurrected in north Edinburgh.
YOBS drinking heavily on Portobello beach are set to be fined by police and could face arrest in a new crackdown launched in the wake of recent violence at the beauty spot.
As a helpline is launched for parents worried about their children being caught up in gang culture, VICTORIA RAIMES investigates what's happening
EFFORTS to tackle teenage criminal gangs are patchy and often counter-productive, a report warned today.
FIVE children aged under 16 were held prisoner in adult jails in Scotland over the past year, new figures reveal.
TEENAGERS have been urged to see through the "glamour" of career criminals and instead help police fight the war against organised crime.
TEENAGERS were today urged to help police fight the war against organised crime, days after the killing of a gangland figure in Glasgow.
POLICE today claimed they are winning the war on teeny crime after the latest figures revealed a massive drop in the number of children arrested in the Lothians.
A PROJECT to tackle gang culture in Scotland's biggest city has seen an "encouraging" drop in violence, it was announced today.
FOUR out of ten young offenders drank the tonic wine Buckfast before they committed their crimes, a new report has revealed.
LOTHIANS Labour MSP George Foulkes has hit out at the SNP over its plans to cut back on Asbos.
YOUNG people are being warned of the dangers of falling into street gangs with a dramatic new campaign launched by Scotland's largest police force.