Two boys made to clean up their graffiti in Chesterfield
Posted on 16th May 2013
Two youngsters who admitted putting spray paint on lamp posts and a door have been made to clean up their graffiti.
The boys, aged 11 and nine, also agreed to pay for repairs to an electricity box which they had damaged on Forge Drive during the late evening on Thursday, April 11.
PCSO Kirsty Handby, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “Graffiti and damage can ruin the appearance of an area, and makes it less pleasant for local residents.
“Both the boys have apologised, spent more than two hours cleaning the spray paint and have also been to look around the police cells. Hopefully they will think twice before they do anything like this again.”
The matter was dealt with through restorative justice, which was brought in by police in April 2009 to help deal swiftly with minor crimes and reduce bureaucracy.
Under the scheme, crimes are dealt with in accordance with the victims’ wishes without the case going through the court process. The crime is recorded as usual but dealt with in a more proportionate way.
To find out more about restorative justice visit the website www.restorativejustice.org.uk or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police.
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