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Teenager carries out litter picking and volunteer work after admitting causing damage to a garage in Creswell

Posted on 8th October 2015

A teenager is carrying out community work in Creswell to apologise for causing damage to a garage.

Back in April, the 15-year-old was suspected of jumping on a garage roof on Duchess Street in Creswell until it broke, causing £300 worth of damage.

The youngster admitted to the damage and in agreement with the garage owner and his parents, a Restorative Justice disposal was proposed by PCSO Jennifer Salmon from the Creswell Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The teenager has met with the garage owner to apologise for his actions and has paid back the money for the damage he caused in affordable instalments.

The boy is also currently undertaking 10 hours of unpaid community work including volunteering at allotments near to the garage and litter picking around the village.

PCSO Salmon said: “This is a great example of how the Restorative Justice scheme can work to find a solution to suit the needs of everyone involved in a crime. The youngster has said he is sorry for his actions, undertaken volunteer community work and paid back the money in full for the damage.”

Restorative Justice was brought in by police in April 2009 to enable officers to use their professional judgment to resolve minor crimes swiftly and in accordance with the victims’ wishes.

The crime is recorded as usual but dealt with in a more proportionate way, without the case going through the court process.

To find out more about restorative justice visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/About-us/Our-Commitment/Restorative-Justice.aspx

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police. You can also follow @CreswellSNT on Twitter.

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