Posted on 20th February 2013
An Ilkeston teenager has apologised for his abusive behaviour towards officers and ambulance staff.
On Sunday, February 17 officers responded to a call where nuisance youths were being abusive to staff working at the Ambulance Station on Manners Road in Ilkeston.
The group of 13-year-olds were causing anti-social behaviour and attempting to climb on the flat roof of the building.
One of the teenagers became obstructive and abusive to the officers attending and the East Midlands Ambulance Service staff.
The 13-year-old was arrested for a Public Order offence, however, the incident was resolved by means of restorative justice, when the ambulance staff decided they were happy to accept a full apology from the teenager.
The group of youths will still have anti-social behaviour letters sent to their parents or guardian to ensure they are fully aware of their children’s behaviour.
PCSO Matt Lewis from the Ilkeston Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said:” We are always happy to use restorative justice where appropriate, but the final decision always lies with the victim.
“Our priority is to ensure that they are happy with the outcome.
“On this occasion we hope the teenagers realise that their behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Restorative justice 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.