Gunman at my door: How one sentence saved my life
from the article by Prison Fellowship England & Wales:
Robert*, a Prison Fellowship volunteer on our Sycamore Tree programme, shares with us how he was determined to turn a few moments of terror at gunpoint into a life-changing meeting of restoration.
Hull boys brought face-to-face with the Bransholme woman they tormented
from the article in Hull Daily Mail:
A victim of antisocial behaviour has come face-to-face with her tormentors. Anna Sipa was abused by teenage boys and girls who threatened her and kicked her front door and car, as well as banging on the windows.
Leeds victim’s chat with masked burglar
From the article on the Yorkshire Evening Post:
A woman who came face-to-face with a masked burglar in her kitchen has told how she invited him to sit down for a chat.
Viv Hulland calmly asked the intruder, who was wearing a balaclava, to take a seat after he broke into her Leeds home in the middle of the night – just hours before she was due to attend her mother’s funeral.
The teenager woke Ms Hulland and her husband, Keith, as he forced his way into their house in Chapel Allerton.
Ms Hulland, 54, called the police from their bedroom but the couple then bumped into the culprit as they went to let officers in.
Teenage Wigan victim of gang attack finds peace after meeting attackers in Restorative justice scheme
from the article on mancunianmatters:
A teenager from Wigan who was attacked and left with a catalogue of injuries in May has found closure after meeting with her attackers.
Brave 14-year-old Amy Clarke, from Aspull, went with her mother to meet the group after police referred their case to Wigan Council’s restorative solutions team.
Amy was attacked when walking along with her friend earlier this year.
Newhaven crime victim receives apology from offender
from the article on Sussex Express:
A Newhaven cyclist who smashed a car window after he felt a driver had cut him up, met his victim to apologise for his crime.
The 46-year-old cyclist was arrested in January after a police investigation into an incident in Avis Road, in which a driver was abused by a cyclist and had his car window smashed.
Burglar shocked about grandchildren
From article on the Why me? website:
John crept into Larry’s house in the early hours of the morning. He took his iphone and car keys from right beside his sleeping head and then stole his car.
Larry woke the next morning with a shock to realise he had been burgled. Struggling to come to terms with the burglary and his loss, Larry was deeply affected by the crime, losing sleep, changing his car, and eventually moving house.
Ssshhh…..CDC believes restorative justice will bring peace in our time!
At Cotswold District Council the spotlight will focus on the role of Restorative Justice in resolving noise-related conflict. In other words, CDC officers will be informing the public how members of a community can come together and work out an agreed solution to a noise problem.
CDC Environmental Health Officer, Rachel Kayani, is a keen advocate of this approach:
Restorative justice does work, says career burglar who has turned life around on Teesside
A hardened burglar who has turned his life around after meeting two of his traumatised victims is backing a new ‘restorative justice’ scheme.
To Peter Woolf, stealing a laptop to pay for his heroin habit could be justified - the owner was rich and could easily afford to replace it.
But when he was told that it had belonged to a heart and lung transplant surgeon and stored notes about critically ill patients as well as a research paper ready to be sent to the Lancet medical journal, the impact of his crimes suddenly hit home.
"I felt healed": Mum met burglar who stole precious memories of her dead daughter
from the article by Sally Beck in the Mirror:
When Margaret Foxley found out her house had been burgled and a laptop, camera and jewellery had been taken by a drug addict, she wanted him locked up and the key thrown away for good.
She had thought of her home as a sanctuary where she could live safely with her husband Paul, her son Oliver and daughter Jessica.
Now she was too scared to be alone, her nerves on edge at the thought of the burglar, Ian Ashworth, coming back, although he was caught a month later.
Community justice: The power of the panel
"I could feel the tension and hatred when they came into the room - but three quarters of an hour later there were buckets of tears."
John Gallagher describes a neighbour dispute which had run for seven years and descended into an anti-social behaviour case.