A Restorative Justice solution has been used in a case of criminal damage in Louth.
On Friday July 3, a scarecrow was set on fire in a community garden at the Charles Street recreational ground.
A 17-year-old local youth was interviewed in connection with the incident and admitted being responsible for the damage.
Community Beat Manager, PC Rachel Dobson, said: “The community garden is a popular place with local people, especially children, and the destruction of the scarecrow caused a great deal of upset. “Homestart, the charity who owned the scarecrow, agreed that the offender could make amends by building a new one for the garden.
“By using Restorative Justice in this way, we achieved the best outcome for the victim and the offender understands better the impact his actions had on the local community”.