A 'grey crime wave'? Rise in arrests of Lincolnshire's elderly
The number of elderly people arrested in Lincolnshire has increased by almost 40 per cent.
Between April 2012 and April 2013, 29 people aged over 75 were picked up by police.
That is up from 21 in the 12 months before, a rise of 38 per cent.
Of the 29 arrests in 2012/13, seven were related to sexual offences.
Other serious crimes included five arrests for assault, compared to none in the previous 12 months, and four arrests for drink-driving.
Figures for attempted murder arrests were not disclosed over fears it would identify the individuals in question.
Lincolnshire Police spokesman Jemma Peacock said: "The percentage increase might appear high but the numbers are relatively small.
"So it would not be accurate to surmise a growing trend in crime committed by this age group."
Between April 2012 and April 2013 there were also three arrests for breach of bail and four arrests on warrant.
One was arrested for breach of the peace and one was caught driving after being disqualified.
Two elderly people failed to provide breath readings on request, while one was arrested in relation to fraud.
One was arrested for threatening behaviour.
There were 23 arrests of people above the age of 75 between April 2010 and April 2011.
Lincolnshire's percentage increase of 38 per cent compares to a 20 per cent rise in Nottinghamshire.
Clive Smith, 77, of Lincoln, said: "The figures are a bit shocking to be honest.
"You would think that people of that age would know better, especially when it comes to drink driving issues.
"Perhaps it is because we have an ageing population in the county. Or of course there could be quite a serious issue on our hands.
"The actual numbers are relatively small but 40 per cent is 40 per cent at the end of the day.
"It really has shocked me."