Arsonists punished

By Connie Osborne Thursday 22 May 2014 Updated: 23/05 14:14

A PAIR of arsonists have been forced to clean a garage door as punishment for setting fire to it.

The two youths, aged 13 and 14, lit pieces of paper and caused £10 worth of damage to the garage in Other Road last Tuesday afternoon (May 13).

Officers from West Mercia Police quickly identified the duo and ordered them to clean the door as part of a restorative justice scheme.

They were also ordered to attend an arson intervention course with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service where community safety advisors will work with the youths to understand why they did it as well as showing them the consequences of starting fires.

Restorative justice - also known as community resolution - encourages people who have committed less serious offences to take responsibility for their actions by apologising or carrying out unpaid work, instead of being punished through the courts.

A spokeswoman from West Mercia Police said it often gave offenders to the chance to make amends for the crime they had committed.

She added it had been proved to be more effective than court punishment because it can prevent young or first time offenders from slipping into a cycle of crime, while it costs less than taking a case to court.

Shaun D’Oliveira, watch commander for HWFRS, added: "The main outcome of the scheme is to assist the fire setter in considering the consequences of fire play and the outcome of deliberately setting fires, this in turn reduces the impact of their actions to the local community and the disruption that it causes to residents and businesses.

"The scheme has been very successful with no further incidents reported for individuals who have taken part in our programmes."

Share This

Popular »

1 Commuters back on track with railway opening

2 Men charged with ram raid on Redditch business

3 Surprise at 'u-turn' on Asda bid

4 Miracle baby's name inspired by hospital

5 Disc-over a bargain

More news »

: Appeal for witnesses after number plates theft

THIEVES stole both number plates off a car

Appeal launched for new volunteers

AN APPEAL has been launched by The Primrose

Charity money stolen from offices

HEARTLESS thieves stole £200 worth of charity money

Prolific burglars jailed

PROLIFIC burglars have been jailed for a series

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
£7,000 worth of power tools taken in Wychbold burglary

A TOTAL of 26 power tools worth more than £7,000 ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Vulnerable 20-year-old missing from Henley

A VULNERABLE 20-year-old has been missing from Henley since Thusday ...

Evesham Observer
Unprovoked assault on Vale jogger

WITNESSES are being sought following an unprovoked assault on a ...