TEENAGERS caught daubing graffiti over a children’s play area have been forced to clean away their mess.
Three vandals, aged 15, 16 and 18, were caught after police investigating criminal damage stopped the trio and found them with paint splashes on their clothes.
It matched the same terracotta colour which had been daubed over a slide, swing and balance beam in a play area in the village of Heath, Chesterfield.
The youngsters admitted the offence and officers from the Eastern Safer Neighbourhood Team discussed the case with the local parish council to decide how the vandals should be dealt with.
It was agreed they should be forced to remove the paint in a supervised cleaning session as part of the Restorative Justice scheme which avoids offenders having to go to court.
PC Kerry Gough said: “The youngsters knuckled down and worked hard to make amends for their behaviour. Hopefully, as in other cases we’ve dealt with, it will prevent the youngsters re-offending.”