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WITH VIDEO - Vandal caught in the act as victims demand tougher sentences

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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PICTURES showing a teenage vandal scratching 31 cars in what was described in court as a ‘drunken mistake’ have been released to the Mail.

The CCTV footage, which is available online, was provided by Babar Khan (pictured above with MP Andrew Griffiths) and shows the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, nonchalantly walking past vehicles and inflicting thousands of pounds of damage.

Some of the victims have now held a meeting with Burton MP Andrew Griffiths to push for tougher sentences. Their concerns will be passed on to justice secretary Chris Grayling.

The yob was given a nine-month referral order for his crime, where an independent panel will decide his punishment, which may include unpaid work.

However, he was not ordered to pay the victims any of the £25,000 of damage he caused.

Some of those affected have branded the justice system a ‘joke’.

Law graduate Mr Khan, whose car was hit, said: “Our meeting highlighted how community sentences don’t seem to work for both the victims and the defendants. Andrew was very supportive with my idea and those of fellow victims.

“I am urging Andrew to push the justice secretary Chris Grayling to review community sentences and to make them work. We want real justice for offenders.

“I put across to Andrew how I think the victims and community should have a say on what sentence is dished out in community orders. We want more control of these orders. Having an unelected panel of probation officers deciding on the sentence does not give victims any confidence.

“I am glad he is supportive of the idea and wants to formally take the issue up with the justice secretary.

“Overall the meeting was very constructive. Some locals and I are demanding more control and a greater say on the types of sentences people get in community orders. We want justice and rehabilitation to work for both parties. The MP was very interested in making sure our episode is kept at the front of his agenda.”

Mr Khan will be addressing the issues brought up in the meeting in a formal letter, which the MP plans to bring to the attention of Mr Grayling.

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