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News - 22 May 2008

Restorative justice works, say Blackpool vandals

Two 13-year-olds and one 14-year old daubed graffiti on the side of the Shell garage, on Kilnhouse Lane. But after being forced to repair the damage, they claim they are reformed characters.

The kids were quick to apologise for the damage they caused when they spray painted a wall at a St Annes filling station. They were tracked down by police who gave the youths the chance to makes amends – by repainting the wall.

The 14-year-old, who admitted vandalising the wall, told Blackpool Gazette: "I'm pleased I've been given this chance to put my mistake right. I won't be doing anything like that again."

PC Tracey Carruthers, Police Community Beat Manager for the Kilnhouse ward, said: "It's known as restorative justice – it's the last chance saloon. The youngsters were honest and admitted what they had done. They hadn't offended before and they were sorry, so we gave them a chance to make up for their mistake." Carruthers said youngsters need to be aware graffiti is classed as criminal damage.

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