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Does restorative justice work?

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A 12-year-old boy threw a stone which smashed the window of a steam train in Dorset.

But instead of ending up with a criminal record, police used a new system called restorative justice which saw him meet some of the people who'd been affected by what he'd done.

Mike Witwam, the man in charge of the railway, told us what it was like coming face-to-face with the boy who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to one of his trains.