"The young people who caused the damage were told that they would be subject to the normal prosecution if they failed to assist the rangers to a satisfactory level, or were rude or unhelpful.

He added: "The rangers were very pleased with the work of the teenagers and with the way in which this crime was resolved. We have also received positive feedback from the suspects' parents who were happy that their children were given an opportunity to make up for their wrongdoing without going through the criminal justice system."

The restorative justice project, introduced by Derbyshire Constabulary, has been running since the beginning of April, 2009, and thousands of cases across the county have been dealt with by this method.

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