Police inaction has enabled a wave of mugging in schools

Police inaction has enabled a wave of mugging in schools

Every parent’s nightmare is to see their offspring head for school each day fearful that they will be mugged on their way home. This has become the reality for thousands of families across the land as they come to terms with a spate of daylight robberies on children. These are no longer taking place in known crime areas or inner cities but in leafy suburbs and rural towns.

As we report today, the country is in the grip of a crime wave of children preying on other children, usually to steal their smartphones.

More than 500 children a day are victims, but just one in eight reports the offences fearing reprisals. Most worryingly, the numbers are rising after a period of decline and muggings are…

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