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I just got punched in the arm 5 times by a 12 year old girl

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I just got punched in the arm 5 times by a 12 year old girl can you class that as assault
Assistant: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Southend on sea
Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: None I dont know what to do because the girl is 12 and I dont think you can press charges against her
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's it I think

Hi, welcome to JustAnswer. My name is Jo C, I’m a barrister with 12 years of experience and I am happy to help with your question today.

Yes, that is assault.

However, the police are unlikely to prosecute a 12 year old.

If they take any action at all they would probably offer a youth caution.

But they often don't investigate the behaviour of 12 year olds unless it is a grave offence.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 2 months ago.
So what can I do, because she also comes to my work and breaks the machine but the owner has already got two of them prosecuted for trying to set fire to the work place

Ban her from the premises?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We done that she come by, we an arcade
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Also find out that she lives two doors down from me because it happened when I walk out of my house

Aren't there security staff ?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Yes on weekends when its busy, on the reset it's the owner

Just get security to refuse her access.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
We do, the owner said that his got it under control.... I just more worried outside of work when I'm walking home

If you really think you are at risk then you can report it to the police.

the problem with 12 year olds is that they don't usually present a physical threat but you can't properly defend yourself against them because then they make allegations.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Even if I call the police they would probably say they cant do anything tho.. I know cant properly defend myself, so what can I do if it happens again

They may well invite her in for interview if this is an ongoing problem but they are not likely to prosecute her.

The reality though is that there are no magic wands. it might well be an issue with no legal remedy.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Okay thanks for the advice

No problem and all the best.

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