Wales

Rape by boy, 6, among 'child crimes' in North Wales

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Image caption The law says children who are under 10 cannot be held responsible for a crime

The suspected rape of a girl by a six-year-old boy was one of 28 sexual offences involving children aged under 10 recorded in the last four years by North Wales Police.

Figures show that 160 crimes involving under-10s were recorded by the force since 2011.

However, anyone under the age of 10 cannot be legally held responsible for a crime.

But the offence or allegation of a crime is still recorded by police.

The figures, released after a Freedom of Information request, show that a six-year-old boy is believed to have raped a girl under 13 in 1997. The offence was registered in 2013.

It was among four rapes recorded by the force in the last four years - the three other rapes involved suspects who were all aged nine.

One of those took place in 1971, although it was recorded this year.

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