London, Jan. 29 (ANI): Amid fears of the growing "ladette" culture in UK, ten women are arrested for violence every hour, according figures revealed by the British Government.
Some 88,139 were nicked for violent offences last year - the highest figure since records began. The number has more than doubled since 2000 when there were 37,100 such arrests.
Women are now more likely to be hauled in for violence than any other offence.
Ministry of Justice figures revealed that the number being nabbed for fighting soared by 1,000 last year as the figure for men fell by 10,000 to just under 390,000.
There has also been a rise in attacks by girl gangs. Some 13,690 women were arrested on drug offences, up nearly 1,600 on 2008. Another 8,308 were held for fraud or forgery, a rise of nearly 500.
Cops blame the surge in female brutality on the hard-drinking ladette culture. Hundreds of females brawl in the street every weekend.hadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve called the figures "deeply disturbing".
"It's a damning indictment on this Government's failure to get to grips with social problems from drug abuse to family breakdown," The Sun quoted him, as saying.
Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: "It is worrying evidence of a growing ladette culture."
Home Office Minister David Hanson said: "We have invested heavily in tackling violence of all kinds." (ANI)