Newspaper FOI request reveals 200 Bristol pensioners arrested in two years

File this under amusing but not vital use of local journalist’s time.

The Bristol Evening Post reported the results of it filing a freedom of information request to Avon and Somerset Police. The request revealed that 223 people over 70 were arrested by the force in 2007 and 2008 for a range of serious and low-level crimes.

The oldest was a 99-year-old for an allegation of house burglary and theft. He was closely followed by a 92-year-old arrested for giving a positive breath test.

Just 23 of those arrested were women. However, it was a 71-year-old woman who was arrested for the most series offence, conspiracy to murder, and an 80-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm – the oldest woman to be detained.

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