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Teens pay for school damage

PUBLISHED: 12:07 03 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:55 16 September 2010

SIX teenagers who damaged a school roof have paid for it to be repaired in a bid to make amends for their actions.

It follows an incident on June 12 when police were called to Caister Junior School after being alerted by a member of the public.

SIX teenagers who damaged a school roof have paid for it to be repaired in a bid to make amends for their actions.

It follows an incident on June 12 when police were called to Caister Junior School after being alerted by a member of the public.

Local officers arrived on scene to find the six youngsters on the roof of the Kingston Avenue school and the boys admitted to causing damage to roof tiles.

Officers liaised with staff at the school and it was decided the matter should be resolved by Restorative Justice (RJ).

RJ is an alternative to criminal prosecution, which brings together offenders of low level crime and their victims to resolve the matter.

A meeting was held involving police, school representatives, and the six offenders, who are aged between 13 and 14, and their parents.

As a result it was decided the youngsters should pay for the repair which totalled £300 and write a letter of apology to the school.

PCSO Paul Johnson said: “This is a good example of how the RJ process can be beneficial to the victim as they receive payment for damage.

“It also ensures that the offender or in this case offenders show remorse for their actions and pay back the community. In this case all six teenagers have shown willingness to accept responsibility for their actions.”

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