The boys have now completed a total of 30 hours work at the centre in their own time carrying out chores such as litter picking, general tidying of the play area, washing windows, cleaning play equipment, planting flowers and maintaining the garden area.

They were supervised by the prevention team Sarah Franklyn and Garreg Jenkins from the council’s Youth Prevention Team and a volunteer Michaela Williams who made sure that all the work was carried out properly and that the boys took their responsibilities seriously.

PCSO Lisa Banfield from the Rhydyfelin Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is the first time restorative justice has been used to address criminal activity by young people in Rhydyfelin but in other areas it has been found to have a greater impact than putting offenders though the criminal justice system.

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