Thief picks litter to make amends

A TEENAGER from Clowne who stole another boy’s mobile phone and then smashed it has been made to carry out two litter picks as punishment.

The 13-year-old took the other boy’s phone and threw it against a wall after the pair had an argument.

Officers from the Clowne Safer Neighbourhood Team spoke to the teenager who admitted criminal damage.

After speaking to the victim, it was decided the offender would be made to do some community work as reparation.

He helped with clean ups at local churches that had suffered damage due to burst pipes and carried out two litter picks in the town centre over the last two weekends.

PC Tanya Morton of the Clowne Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Hopefully this young lad will have learned his lesson and by giving something back to the community he has taken responsibility for his actions.

“Safer Neighbourhood teams are working in every neighbourhood to stamp out this type of behaviour.”

This work was done as part of the Restorative Justice scheme that was introduced by Derbyshire Constabulary in April 2009 to help resolve low-level crime without going through the criminal justice system.

This scheme encourages police officers and PCSOs to use ‘professional judgement’, based on their discretion, policing experience and skills, to resolve the incident, providing extra time to prevent and tackle those crimes that matter most to the community.

Thousands of cases across the county have been resolved through the scheme.

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