Offenders are brought face to face with victims

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MORE than 3,200 offenders in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight were brought face to face with their victims in 2012.

The police use community resolutions as a way to deal with low-level crime, and its punishments include the offender having to apologise to their victim. Figures have shown they were used in around nine per cent of solved crime in 2012.

Jo Rowland, head of Hampshire Constabulary’s Criminal Justice Department, said: ‘We take our responsibilities for dealing with crime very seriously and will always strive to use the most appropriate outcome in consultation with the victim.’