Restora­tive jus­tice for girl, 14, and boy, 16, who did this

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS -

TWO teenagers ar­rested for tak­ing a car and then crash­ing it, have been dealt with through restora­tive jus­tice. A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl from West Mole­sey were due to re­port to Staines Po­lice Sta­tion on Wed­nes­day last week fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Walton on July 20. The boy had been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle-tak­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­surance, and the girl for ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle-tak­ing. Po­lice, fire­fight­ers and paramedics were called to Ry­dens Road just be­fore 5.15am on Sun­day July 20. Po­lice had re­ceived re­ports of a blue three-door Ford Ka hatch­back ly­ing on its roof after hit­ting a lamp­post. The teenagers were taken to St Peter’s Hos­pi­tal in Chert­sey by am­bu­lance. A Sur­rey Po­lice spokes­woman said the pair had ad­mit­ted re­spon­si­bil­ity and that, in agree­ment with the vic­tim, the mat­ter has been dealt with lo­cally through restora­tive jus­tice meth­ods. – an al­ter­na­tive to a for­mal rep­ri­mand, fi­nal warn­ing, or pros­e­cu­tion. It is avail­able to young­sters who ad­mit a mi­nor of­fence of theft, han­dling, vi­o­lence, drugs or crim­i­nal dam­age. They meet their vic­tims in a con­trolled set­ting and dis­cuss what they have done and its ef­fect. Th­ese meet­ings can be turn­ing points in the lives of young of­fend­ers – and part of the heal­ing process for the vic­tims, with early data sug­gest­ing the ini­tia­tive is al­ready hav­ing pos­i­tive re­sults, with re­duced re-of­fend­ing.

The scene in Ry­dens Road on the morn­ing of Sun­day July 20 with the car on its

roof and the teenagers on the way to hos­pi­tal.

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