YOUNG­STERS MADE TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT

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aGROUP of school­child­ren who hurled rocks at Metrolink were made to clean up their act... and tram.

Five young­sters aged 10 were re­spon­si­ble for throw­ing mis­siles at three pass­ing trams at Failsworth in the sum­mer.

One pas­sen­ger was left with mi­nor in­juries and the line had to be tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended.

The M.E.N re­ported in Oc­to­ber that the chil­dren were to carry out clean­ing work as part of the restora­tive jus­tice pro­gramme – which aims to re­form those who com­mit an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

And now Metrolink has in­cluded an im­age of their pun­ish­ment in ac­tion as part of a pub­lic re­port to coun­cil­lors.

It shows the youths wear­ing high-viz jack­ets and wield­ing buck- ets and sponges as they clean trams in their half-term break.

The chil­dren also met up with two driv­ers whose trams were dam­aged dur­ing the in­ci­dent. The driv­ers ex­plained what im­pact the in­ci­dent had on them and their pas­sen­gers dur­ing the ses­sion at Queen’s Park de­pot.

The chil­dren were shown pic­tures of the dam­age and were warned re­of­fend­ing could re­sult in a charge and ap­pear­ance at a youth court. Home vis­its were made and their par­ents were in­volved.

The young­sters apol­o­gised for their ac­tions and agreed to be­come young am­bas­sadors for Metrolink.

Fig­ures ob­tained by our sis­ter pa­per, the M.E.N with a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest show yobs have at­tacked the Metrolink net­work nearly 1,200 times over two years. It’s led to a crack­down by the Trav­elSafe team of se­cu­rity staff, PCSOs and GMP of­fi­cers. Restora­tive jus­tice holds of­fend­ers to ac­count, helps them take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions and make amends. To date, there have been no re­ported cases of re­of­fend­ing by those or­dered to go through the process.

Chief Insp Co­lette Rose, from GMP, said: “I’m pleased to hear the use of restora­tive jus­tice has been suc­cess­ful on this oc­ca­sion and the chil­dren have apol­o­gised for their ac­tions.”

Young­sters clean trams

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