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PC Martin Hudd: An ideal job for restorative justice
'And so I suppose he will just get away with it?'
This was the accusation levelled at me last week when I attended an address in relation to a nuisance incident whereby a 13-year-old lad had kicked his football into a neighbouring garden causing it to damage a piece of panel fencing.
This wasn't the first time the ball had gone into neighbouring properties and the lad had been spoken to on previous occasions by residents about this type of behaviour and so on this occasion the complainant had decided to contact their local neighbourhood policing team in an attempt to sort out the problem.
On arrival at the address it was clear that the complainants had come to the end of their tether and required a solution. I allowed them to vent their frustrations and once this had been done it soon became clear that the complainants didn't think the lad was "a bad un" and certainly didn't want to see him carted off down to the police station or put into stocks, they just wanted a little bit of redress and to make the lad realise the implications of his actions.
Vandals pick a good way to say sorry
Three teenagers who caused damage at a Buxton playground have carried out a litter pick to compensate for their actions.
The 15-year-old boys committed the damage last month when they pulled a plank of wood from the side of a slide at the Bench Road park and used it as a bench on the swings.
Aug 28, 2009 Story
Sharp fall in number of violent pupils expelled or suspended in Glasgow
article by Andrew Denholm in HeraldScotland.com:
The number of cases where violent or abusive pupils have been suspended or expelled from state-run secondary schools in Scotland’s largest local authority has plummeted in the past year to its lowest-ever level, The Herald can reveal.
Number of excluded pupils in Wokingham has dropped
The number of children expelled from Wokingham schools for bad behaviour has dropped by 30 per cent, but work to keep pupils in education is ongoing.
The latest figures from the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) reveal there were 30 permanent exclusions from Wokingham schools, most of which are secondary, in 2007/08.
This is a drop from the 43 children who were excluded in 2005/06.
I looked into the killer's eyes
Miracle survivor Barbara Bishop has looked the woman who tried to kill her in the eye.
Bound, drugged and tormented, Barbara was bundled into a car and pushed off a cliff after watching her friend Niki Goodwin murdered by ex-husband Mark Goodwin and his girlfriend, former prostitute Jan Yorke.
But a freak wave lifted the vehicle off the rocks where she lay trapped for seven hours saving her life and allowing her to help gain justice for her friend.
The crime which shocked New Zealand 14 years ago will have a sequel next month when Yorke faces the Parole Board.
Striking a balance: Restorative justice brings offenders face-to-face with their victims
In the emotional saga following the brutal murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997, her traumatized parents went through markedly different experiences with their daughter's two killers: One of denial and self-pity with Kelly Ellard, and one of remorse and closure with Warren Glowatski.
With Ellard, Manjit and Suman Virk sat on the sidelines of the legal system, spending 12 years in and out of courtrooms, watching the courts mete out decision after decision -- three trials, one hung jury, two successful appeals -- as Ellard continued to deny her role in the murder. Year after year, the story of Reena's murder -- how she was swarmed by a group of teens, beaten and drowned under the Craigflower bridge -- was told over and over, and year after year, the Virks waited for justice.
Aug 18, 2009 Story
"What am I going to do now?," ran through my mind as the conference skittered to a complete halt. The young man, although painfully non-verbal, had been cooperative, responding to questions and telling his story of stealing an automobile. Yet, when his mother asked whether or not he was sorry, he refused to answer.
With a firm statement of, "I've already answered it," the young offender had us all baffled. Referring to the difficulty of hearing over the air conditioner (I had asked him to speak up a couple of times), I asked if he would mind answering it again. He point blank refused, stating, "I don't repeat myself."