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Victims consulted about justice

More than 700 crimes in Derbyshire have been dealt with by restorative justice in seven weeks, police have said.

In a scheme to deal swiftly with minor crime, cases have not gone to court but have been considered in accordance with victims' wishes.

An apology or compensation is necessary for restorative justice.

Supt Terry Branson who is leading the project said: "So far the vast majority (of victims) are happy with what we have done."

More than 1,600 officers have been trained to use their professional judgement to decide whether restorative justice is appropriate and police community support officers (PCSOs) are to be taught similar skills.

Supt Branson added: "We are delighted that members of the public are working with us and realising the benefit of restorative justice.

"Some form of remorse, apology, restoration or compensation by the offender is required for restorative justice to take place.

"This could include being given words of advice, giving an apology, completing restoration work or compensating the victim."

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