Street sweeping punishment for gang of teenage thieves

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Three teenagers swept the streets as punishment for stealing badges from eight vehicles in a Peak District village.

The 14-year-olds spent around two hours sweeping footpaths, a bus stop and car park in Hathersage.

The punishment was arranged after the boys admitted to removing badges from cars parked on Station Approach, The Dale, Main Road and Dore Lane in June.

They have also written letters of apology, returned the badges, and paid compensation to the victims who requested it under the Restorative Justice scheme.

PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The boys have all apologised and paid compensation to victims. They have also made a positive contribution to the community as part of their punishment.

“We hope that by using Restorative Justice in this way the victims will be satisfied with the outcome, and that youngsters will be encouraged to think about the consequences of their actions.”