Home Office @ukhomeoffice: Change the law so 17-year-olds are treated as children in custody #4Joe

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Pam Garvey
8 years ago
Absolutely made up with this outcome, I'm positive this will make a huge difference to those kids in police custody. Well done every one and a massive thanks to Joe's parents for Initiating this. I hope you can find a little comfort in a great result. I'm sure Joe would be very proud. Best wishes to Joe's family.

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Maria Qureshi
8 years ago
17 is still too young!

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Janet Stanton
8 years ago
I am a parent

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Yami Manchanda-Corless
8 years ago
Some control in discretion needs to be present when police exercise their powers. It is common sense that a younger person may not be familiar with the processes that they are subject to and whether guilty or not support should be given. It is a fundamental rights to have the support of parents when in such a situation. The reassurance may have made a significant difference to the choices made by Lawton and Thornber. If you cannot buy cigarettes at 18 why be charged and treated under the same standards in a police station in relation to a different offence?

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Kathleen Espie
8 years ago
17 year olds are vulnerable and need support in times of stress.

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janet jebbitt
8 years ago
This is tragic proof that something must be done and I respect Joes parents for bringing this to light to protect other young people. The despair that Joe was probably feeling at the time has to be proof that something must be done to amend the law. I agree that young people need to be "respected as children" and parents guardians should be contacted.

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Sarah Kelen
8 years ago
I have a teenage son - adult one moment, a child the next. I should be horrified not to be informed if he were in trouble like this.

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Kuldip Sembhi
8 years ago
I watched the BBC Breakfast News just now and was moved by this absolute tragedy. As a parent I fully support a change to the current law and was very inspired by the dignity of the parents of both children that tragically committed suicide.

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laurie stevenson
8 years ago
have a friend take his on life for the same reason of being scared of going to jail he 2 was only 17 its heartbreaking they r still chidern at 17 and they need more help and support and there familys should have the right to know so they can help somthing must change..

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Andrew Bailey
8 years ago
We cannot have mixed definitions of when our children become adults. It is confusing for them, for us and for the authorities.