In Norfolk, which has been singled out as a force that promotes restorative justice by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, more than 17,000 people have been through the process since November 2007, with a total of 4,611 interventions as of October last year.

Figures released at that time showed that just 10.4pc of children and young people and 14% of adults dealt with through the restorative approach went on to re-offend.

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