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Graffiti teen makes amends

PUBLISHED: 12:23 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:17 30 June 2010

A TEENAGER captured on CCTV scrawling her name on the changing room door of a shop has removed the graffiti in a bid to make amends for her behaviour.

The removal took place on Saturday January 9 and was agreed by police and staff at the Caister Bowling Green Pavilion where the incident happened as an alternative to prosecution.

A TEENAGER captured on CCTV scrawling her name on a changing room door has removed the graffiti in a bid to make amends for her behaviour.

The removal took place on Saturday January 9 and was agreed by police and staff at the Caister Bowling Green Pavilion where the incident happened as an alternative to prosecution.

Known as restorative justice, the punishment was also used by the policing team in November in relation to an incident of criminal damage at a shop on Yarmouth Road.

Three female offenders - one aged 15 and two aged 16 - were found to be responsible for the graffiti and agreed to clean it up and all apologised to the shop owner.

Sergeant Andy Brown, from the Caister and coastal safer neighbourhood team, said restorative justice provided police with a flexible approach that put those people most affected by crime at the core of dealing with its effects.

He said: “It brings together victims, offenders and communities to determine a response to a particular problem.

“At every stage the aim is to meet the needs of the victim, repair harm, pay back damage to the community and impact offending behaviour by helping to support the offender turn away from crime.

“It empowers all citizens to have a voice in the justice process. It also helps make offenders understand how their actions can impact on the local community.”


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