FOUR teenagers have apologised and paid compensation for causing criminal damage in a South Derbyshire village.
Two of the teenagers, aged 12 and 14, admitted causing damage to the fence of an address in Repton in May this year.
The other two aged 13 and 14 admitted to being with the group and present at the time of the damage.
PC Chris Fearn and PCSO Lee Orme, of the Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It took a while to track the suspects down and we eventually caught up with them.
“They have all been spoken to at length with their respective parent or guardian present and as a result they have made amends by writing a letter of apology and paying compensation to the victim.”
The owner was happy for the matter to be resolved with the teenagers’ through the officer’s use of restorative justice.
This resulted in each teenager paying £5 to the victim to compensate for the damage they had caused and writing a letter of apology.
Restorative justice is an initiative brought in by police in April 2009 to enable officer’s 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.