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