Children make amends for damage to the church in Iron Acton
By matt_2009 | Thursday, September 13, 2012, 08:17
Two children have made amends for causing damage to the church of St James the Lesser in Iron Acton.
Children make amends for damage to the church in Iron Acton.
The damage, caused on Saturday (August 11), included small fires being set and finials knocked off the woodwork.
PC Finbar Simmons identified two boys, both aged under 12, who admitted the offenses.
PC Simmons said: "The families of these boys were very shocked by what had happened and were very supportive. They made every effort to help us get to the bottom of the matter.
"These boys didn't go into the church intent on causing damage, but they acted without any thought for the consequences. They have now admitted what they have done, apologised and are willing to make amends to the best of their ability."
The matter will now be dealt with under restorative justice, with the full support of the church and the children's families.
The boys and their families have agreed to write a letter of apology, pay for the damage and carry out some work tidying and cleaning in the church. Avon Fire & Rescue will also be talking to them about fire safety.
Church warden Mr Michael Wheeler said: "We just wanted them to realise the error of their ways, in a kind way. I am happy with what's going on to make amends and very happy with the actions of PC Finbar Simmons to resolve the matter."