....A force spokesman said: "Restorative justice gives victims the chance to meet or communicate with their offenders to explain the real impact of the crime, which empowers victims by giving them a voice.

"It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends.

"It has been used predominantly in neighbourhood policing to resolve low level criminality like neighbourhood disputes, criminal damage, shop theft and other offences where it is supported by the victim and appropriate for the offender."

....One case involved a teenager who stole a Macmillan Cancer Support charity collection box.

The offender agreed to donate £10 a week for five weeks from his newspaper round to the charity.

He also met Brian Burke, a terminal cancer patient.

The teenager also took part in a ten-mile charity walk from Beverley to Hull, arranged by police, which raised almost £3,000 for the cancer charity.

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