Children in cells overnight

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Lincolnshire Police holds fewer children in cells overnight than most other forces, but campaigners want the practice stamped out.

Howard League for Penal Reform chief executive Frances Cook says it is a “frightening and intimidating experience which does more harm than good”.

County police detained 18 boys and one girl aged 17 or under during 2011 while the England and Wales total was 40,716, an average of 112 per night.