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Youths carry out community work after admitting causing damage to a New Mills park

Posted on 20th August 2014

Two youths have carried out community work in High Lea Park to apologise for causing damage to a number of flower beds.

The youths were suspected of causing extensive damage to two flower beds in High Lea Park on St. Mary’s Road, New Mills and were later identified through CCTV footage.

The incident took place at around 8:30pm on Wednesday, July 23.

The two boys admitted to the damage and in agreement with the park staff, the youngsters and their parents, a Restorative Justice disposal was proposed by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team.

PC James Taylor from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This is a great example of how the Restorative Justice scheme can work to find a solution to suit the needs of everyone involved.  

“As part of the agreement, the boys attended the park and carried out community work to restore the flower beds. They also apologised to the park staff for their actions, and were spoken to by the manager about the hard work that goes in to maintaining the park to make it a nice place for visitors to enjoy.

“We are always happy to use restorative justice where appropriate, but the final decision always lies with the victim.”

Restorative Justice was brought in by police in April 2009 to enable officers to use their professional judgment to resolve minor crimes swiftly and in accordance with the victims’ wishes.

The crime is recorded as usual but dealt with in a more proportionate way, without the case going through the court process.

To find out more about restorative justice visit the website at or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team by calling 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.

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