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A BARNSLEY store affected by shoplifting prepared a presentation for hundreds of schoolchildren detailing how the crime affects them.

The High Street retailer gave the go-ahead for 18 shoplifters to be dealt with under the restorative justice scheme, where alternatives to court are found to punish offenders.

Shoplifters were given the option of writing to the store to express their remorse for the crime or they could meet staff to say sorry face to face.

The retailer prepared a presentation for 400 pupils at Dearne High School to describe how shoplifting affects businesses.

Chief Inspector Shaun Morley said: “Restorative justice is increasingly being used in Barnsley as an effective intervention for young offenders without them entering the criminal justice system.”