Sweeping to say 'I'm sorry'
Jul 30, 2012
from the article in the North Devon Journal:
....Dylan, who works as a butcher at Turton's in the High Street, said: "We were bored so we went and stood on the boat and pretended to be fishermen for a laugh.
"I don't know why we cut the ropes but we soon started floating out into the harbour so we jumped off and walked away.
"At the time it didn't occur to me how dangerous it was and what the implications could have been.
"I felt very guilty afterwards and when the police spoke to me I knew I needed to be punished."
Dylan said he agreed to take part in the restorative justice scheme and said it had definitely put him off doing anything similar again.
He said: "It's been really hard work. I've also had to take a day off from my normal job so it's actually costing me money too.
"I could understand if some people think I'm getting off lightly but at least this way I get to do something productive that helps the town.
"I'm hoping for a career in the army in the future and having a criminal record wouldn't have helped."