Youngster pays for church damage


A YOUNGSTER has agreed to pay for damage he caused to a church window.

A window at Hathersage Methodist Church, in Main Road, Hathersage, was smashed on June 21.

A 14-year-old boy admitted accidentally kicking his football at the window, causing the damage. The church committee agreed the youngster should be dealt with by way of Restorative Justice and he will now pay for the damage to be repaired.

Restorative Justice was introduced in Derbyshire in April 2009 and more than 12,000 crimes have now been resolved under the scheme, which sees crimes dealt with in accordance with the victims’ wishes without the case going through the court process. The crime is recorded as usual but dealt with in a more proportionate way.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, of Hathersage Area Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The boy was sorry for his actions and because the incident has been dealt with via Restorative Justice, he will not receive a criminal record.”