He said: "Restorative justice is a process which brings victims and those responsible for the crime together to communicate, thereby enabling everybody affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the damage.

"It's about communication to try to resolve conflict.

....Offences range from shoplifting and criminal damage to theft of a vehicle, domestic burglary and fraud.

PC Skedgell says the offence categories might seem shocking, but the actual crimes are often less serious.

"Restorative justice is only ever used where the victim agrees and the offender accepts responsibility," he said.

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