Man pays £100 after damaging cricket pitch

A man who churned up part of a cricket pitch with his car has paid £100 to help repair the grass.

The 22-year-old, from Chesterfield, has handed over the cash and apologised to staff for the incident at the town’s Queen’s Park cricket ground and park.

Police spoke with park workers who reported the incident and they said they would be happy if the costs of repairing the damage were recovered.

The crime was dealt with under the restorative justice initiative.

PC Stephen O’Callaghan, of the Chesterfield Town Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The man admitted damaging the ground and apologised.

“He agreed to pay for the repairs in line with the request of the park staff.

“By using restorative justice we aim to find a positive solution which encourages people to face up to their actions and provides them with a chance to do something to repair any harm caused.”

Restorative justice - introduced in Derbyshire in 2009 - aims to reduce bureaucracy and create a ‘positive outcome’ from crime in line with victims’ wishes.

It also prevents the case from going through the court process.

Officers have been trained to use their professional judgement based on their discretion, policing experience and skills to resolve incidents.

Crimes which are resolved using restorative justice are still recorded as usual but dealt with in a more proportionate way, said police.