Shoplifters say sorry

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RETAILERS in Barnsley have been getting involved in a restorative justice project to educate youngsters about the consequences of shoplifting.

They joined forces with police, Barnsley Youth Offending Team and voluntary organisation, Remedi, for the project after a spate of incidents committed by young people.

Around 18 suspects were punished through the restorative justice system for offences committed at one of the stores.

They either met the retailer to discuss their actions or wrote a letter of apology.

Then a presentation was given to pupils in Years 7 and 8 at Dearne High School, giving an insight into shoplifting from the store’s point of view.

Restorative justice aims to prevent youngsters entering the criminal justice system.