first_imgMailOnline 10 March 2015  Police are increasingly being called out to discipline unruly children, a new report warns, with experts blaming a breakdown in traditional families for the increase.Officers have been called to homes by parents left unable to cope after seemingly minor incidents such as a row over a TV remote, a study by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary revealed today.In one case a 13-year-old boy was arrested for common assault for attacking his sister, 11, while another boy, 17, was arrested for pushing his stepfather and damaging the garden fence.A girl was arrested after rowing with her sister over the remote control for the TV, and a 15-year-old girl was taken into custody when she attacked her mother during a meeting at school.Some experts suggested that the increase could be explained to single mothers being intimidated by their own teenage children, and a breakdown in extended families where grandparents were traditionally used to help guide youngsters.Others blamed the police’s target-driven culture which leads officers to take a ‘blanket’ approach to any incidents classed as domestic violence – meaning they are keen to arrest someone even if the only ‘suspect’ is a child.

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