As part of the scheme vic- tims are able to ask the offenders questions and are given opportunities to hold them to account for what they have done.

The victim of the Worthing burglary said she was “apprehensive” about meeting the man who burgled her home, but agreed it was a “positive experience”.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said: “I felt better in myself afterwards because I had the chance to tell the offender how the burglary had made me feel.

“Four years after the burglary, this will help me to finally put the horrible events behind me.

“I feel that the offender is remorseful for his actions. Also, I feel I’ve had a part in the offender’s rehabilitation. I hope that he thinks twice before burgling another innocent person’s home.”

The criminal is serving a four-year sentence at Lewes prison for breaking into the family home in Worthing and stealing precious items.

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