‘Restorative justice’ for youngsters responsible for damage to Hubbard’s Hills footbridge

The damaged bridge at Hubbard's Hills in Louth.

The damaged bridge at Hubbard's Hills in Louth.

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The young people responsible for the damage to the wooden footbridge at Hubbard’s Hills are being dealt with by ‘restorative justice’, according to police.

The Wolds Partners Briefing report released by police in Louth said those behind the vandalism will repay their debt via donations to the repair of the bridge, one hour each per week of unpaid work at Hubbard’s Hills and a public letter of apology.

A group of youngsters described as being aged ‘11 or 12’ by a witness wreaked havoc on the site in Louth on the evening of May 21, damaging the footbridge which trustees of the Hills say will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

The trustees said the bridge had to be closed on safety grounds over the Bank Holiday weekend and they are anticipating a large bill to have it repaired.

Police said the footbridge had been ‘completely destroyed’ but that the offenders had been dealt with.

PC Rachel Dobson said: “On May 21 it was reported that some youths had caused damage to the wooden footbridge at Hubbard’s Hills in Louth.

“This is a well known recreational spot that Louth residents cherish.

“The bridge has been completely destroyed and obviously has there been speculation to the press and Facebook.

“I have managed locate offenders involved and they are being dealt with by way of RJ. This is going to involve monetary donations to the repair of the bridge, one hour each week of unpaid work at Hubbard’s Hills and a public letter of apology.”

Police had previously confirmed that the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Louth had visited the school that the culprits attend the following day to issue an unacceptable behaviour warning letter.