Children as young as two caught engaging in criminal activities.

Parents are being urged to take better control after figures revealed children as young as four were involved in house-breaking and petty assault.

The statistics come in a Freedom of Information request released by Grampian Police.
Last year's figures across Scotland showed children as young as two were caught engaged in criminal activities.

The Scottish Government said the root causes of crimes needed to be tackled, including deprivation. The latest figures compiled by Grampian Police show that during a single year nearly 10,000 crimes were committed by children under 18. Children aged under eight committed 49 offences.

Parents 'must tackle' child crime (BBC News, 22 January 2008)