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News - 3 June 2008

Restorative justice for Glasgow vandals

The two vandals were among a team of kids who cleaned up vandalised areas of a new park in Summerston, Glasgow. Neither of the boys will be charged after they admitted the vandalism.

They were among a group of youths in the north of Glasgow who helped clean up as part of a community safety campaign designed to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour. The two volunteered to take part in the clean-up, organised by PC Peter Glancey who was concerned at spiralling levels of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the park. They were joined by other teenagers from their school.

Since the playpark was unveiled by Glasgow City Council around four weeks ago, there has been a persistent problem with vandalism and underage drinking there. Many of the problems are thought to be linked to a gang which has been daubing nicknames and offensive graffiti on the climbing frame, swing, slide and on the fencing.

Constable Peter Glancey said: "The attitudes of the two culprits has changed as a result of this. What I've been trying to do is to instil a sense of community spirit in these teenagers. I have tried to get the message across that this is their community, whenever they vandalise it they are damaging facilities for themselves."

Chief Inspector Alan Speirs from Maryhill police said: "By getting the kids involved, it will help give them ownership of their area and highlight to them that should they get involved in this sort of anti-social behaviour that there will be consequences. The message will quickly spread, that vandalism not acceptable and we want to encourage young people to take a pride in their areas."

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