Posted on 24th January 2014
A teenager has apologised and paid compensation to the local council after causing damage to a telephone box in the Hope Valley.
On Tuesday, December 31 at around 9pm the youth was with two friends when he kicked a phone box in the Brookside area of Bradwell, causing one of the glass panels to smash.
The incident was resolved by means of restorative justice, when the victim decided they were happy to accept compensation for the damage.
The 17-year-old youth visited Bradwell police station to pay the £50 compensation to cover the costs of repairs.
Restorative justice was brought in by police in 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.