Figures released by the Youth Justice Board yesterday show that there has been an increase of 25 per cent in the number of offences committed by girls in the last three years, compared to a fall of two per cent in those committed by boys. Some claim that girls are copying boys' yobbish behaviour and there have certainly been shocking reports recently of girls being violent. A fight took place last month, for example, at Shoreham railway station in West Sussex between two rival girl-gangs weilding snooker balls in socks. The increase in binge drinking among young women that I flagged up last week is also thought to play a role in the higher figures.
Others would say that the change is due to girls being prosecuted for offences that previously would just merited a caution. Read more about it on the Independent website, or get hold of the Youth Justice Board report here.
What do you think? From your experience, are girls becoming more violent and more involved in crime?