Community court pilot set to expand after trial

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A PIONEERING scheme to tackle youth crime and reoffending will be extended.

Hampshire police’s Community Court, set up by PC Mark Walsh, sees youth offenders meet victims in a form of restorative justice.

The pilot, which started six months ago in Fareham, will now be tried in Basingstoke.

Funded by police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes, the announcement was made at the regular Compass meeting at which Mr Hayes holds chief constable Andy Marsh to account.

Speaking yesterday at Highbury College Mr Marsh said: ‘Restorative justice is about bringing an offender to bear with the consequences of their behaviour in a way they can learn about it so they can change.’

In the peer court people of similar ages to the offender decide how they should be dealt with.