Payback time... for graffiti youngster

A Police Community Support Officer looks on as a 12-year-old who daubed graffiti at a Blackpool park cleans it off as part of Lancashire Constabulary's police resolution scheme.
A Police Community Support Officer looks on as a 12-year-old who daubed graffiti at a Blackpool park cleans it off as part of Lancashire Constabulary's police resolution scheme.
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A 12-year-old boy from Blackpool who daubed graffiti across a local park agreed to paint the area to cover it up.

Police officers caught the youngster, who has not been named, daubing graffiti at Gorton Street Park, Blackpool, last week.

Along with his mother, he agreed to paint over it as part of Lancashire’s ‘police resolution’ scheme.

The scheme was launched by Lancashire Constabulary in 2010.

It allows officers to use their judgement when dealing with offenders for things like low level public order, criminal damage, theft and minor assaults, and ask those responsible to rectify the damage they have caused rather than them being charged.

The graffiti included personal details about another youngster and the offender has also agreed to write an apology to the victim to whom it referred.

The 12-year-old was at the park painting over the damage at the end of last week.

PCSO Mike Sewell, who is part of the area’s policing team said the youngster realises that his actions were wrong.

He added: “The police resolution scheme is a great way of getting people to realise what impact their actions have had. This 12-year-old realises what he’s done is wrong and has agreed to make up for it, with the support of his mum.

“I’m hopeful that by us working with this youngster it has made him change his ways and will prevent him getting into more trouble in the future, as well as looking after his local community.”

Anyone who wants to report graffiti in their area can contact Lancashire Police on 101.

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