Posted on 10th April 2014
A man in Wirksworth has apologised and made a donation to charity after he was reported for theft of scrap metal and failure to have a collectors licence.
Police were alerted to the incident where a man had pulled up outside a property on Wash Green and loaded metal items into his van that were left on the residents drive.
During investigations, officers also found that the man failed to produce the correct documentation of a collectors licence.
Officers from the Wirksworth and Middleton Safer Neighbourhood Team have resolved the issue by means of restorative justice when the victim decided that they were happy to accept a full apology from the offender.
It was also suggested that they would pay compensation by donating to a victim support based charity.
Officers from the Wirksworth and Middleton Safer Neighbourhood Team will be heading out on increased patrols and are working to tackle metal theft in the Derbyshire Dales.
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.