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Man apologies after causing damage in national park

Posted on 20th August 2014


A man has apologised after admitting causing damage in the Peak District National Park.

Police were contacted by a member of the public after damage was caused to a rock face in Stanage Edge, Hathersage, which is located on SSSI land (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). The rock face appeared to have been chiselled away with the use of tools. 

The incident took place sometime between Friday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20.  

A 60-year-old man later admitted to the offence and wrote a letter of apology to the landowner. He also received a letter of advice regarding the crime from National England.

Officers from the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team have resolved the issue by means of restorative justice.

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 at 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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