Utrecht mayor wants children to stay home at night

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The mayor hopes to be able to prevent young children from turning to crime by ensuring that that they stay off the streets at night.

6 May 2008

UTRECHT – In an attempt to prevent young children from turning to crime, the Mayor of Utrecht is launching a plan to keep children off the streets at night, reports AD.

Under the plan, which will be launched at end May, children found playing on the street or roaming around in groups late at night will be picked up by the police and taken home.

Mayor Aleid Wolfsen says parents frequently refuse to take responsibility for what their children get up to, asking "Why are children on the street so late at night? They should be at home in bed".

The paper writes schools are divided over the plan, but agreed that children who go to bed too late do poorly in school, which in turn affects their chances of getting a good job when they grow up.
AD writes that the government recently reported that there are 131,000 criminal children in The Netherlands.

Mayor Wolfsen's plan has been embraced by the Minister of Justice, who is investigating the possibility of introducing national laws to keep children off the streets late in the evening and at night.

[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]

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