One car owner, who works as a chauffeur, but asked not to be named, was appalled by the lack of punishment for the boys.No, it doesn't 'seem' that way. It IS that way...
His BMW suffered £2,800 damage and he lost three days work while it was fixed.
He said: “They have been caught, but there’s no punishment.
“It seems any boy or girl can go out and cause damage for the first or second time and get away with it.”
The car owners were told the boys had each given a final warning by police, which means they must have committed an offence in the past and been let off with an even lighter reprimand.Where they will face...what?
The system means if they commit a third offence, they will be taken to court.
Naturally, the police sprang into action to try to justify this:
Essex Police spokesman Julia Pack said: “Final warnings are part of restorative justice and are a fully-researched system.FAIL!, Ms Pack. These have obviously not learned their lesson.
“A very significant percentage of people who go through that system never reoffend.”
And where does the 'restorative' part of this come in?
“It gives youngsters the chance to rehabilitate without having a criminal record preventing them from leading a law-abiding life as an adult.A criminal record prevents that, does it? Once a crim, always a crim?
What more can be said? Lock 'em all up!
But I still struggle to see the 'restorative' part of this so-called justice. Any clarity from the mouthpiece?
The police take criminal damage extremely seriously and victims can obtain details of the boys involved from us, should they wish to pursue civil action to seek compensation for the damage from the boys’ guardians.”Ah, of course.
Do-it-yourself 'justice', naturally. With a shrug of their shoulders and a wave of their hand, it's all downgraded and passed on to the lawyers and insurance companies to sort out. If you can be bothered with the hassle, that is...