THREE men arrested on suspicion of stealing from a quarry have been dealt with through ‘restorative justice’ rather than court.
The men, aged 42, 32 and 24, were arrested in August 17 this year after police received a report of two suspicious vehicles in Bradwell.
Officers travelled to the north Derbyshire village and came across a collision which involved a car which had gone into a field.
Three vehicle radiators were found nearby and officers arrested the three men in the car on suspicion of stealing the radiators from Moss Rake Quarry.
The trio admitted the theft and their victim agreed they should pay for the damage to be repaired and the radiators replaced rather than them having to go to court to be sentenced.
Derbyshire Police introduced the restorative justice scheme in April 2009 as a way of dealing with offenders to avoid them going through the criminal justice system.
More than 12,200 crimes have been dealt with under the scheme.