The radical scheme is said to offer more satisfaction to victims, reduce legal costs and result in swifter action. It can be dealt with by trained police officers outside of the courts.

....Analysis of a similar scheme run by the Cheshire force showed a dramatic drop in reoffender rates.

But one strictly Orthodox man who had been the victim of antisemitic attacks questioned whether people would want to see the offender again. "If I was offered it I would want to knock the person out, but I wouldn't really want to meet anyone who had victimised me."

Of the 243 crimes dealt with by restorative justice across the Greater Manchester force since November, 18 were racially aggravated.

Tuesday's meeting was the first of a series aimed primarily at creating closer ties between the police and Prestwich's strictly Orthodox.

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