On July 17, 2015, the Louth Leader, an online newspaper out of England, reported a restorative justice solution that was used in a recent case of criminal damage.
A local youth had been interviewed in connection with destruction of a scarecrow that had been on display in a local community garden, causing some upset within the community. The youth admitted to lighting the scarecrow on fire. Instead of pursuing criminal charges, Homestart, the charity that owned the scarecrow, agreed to allow the offender to make amends by building a new one for the community garden. PC Rachel Dobson, Community Beat Manager, said, “By using Restorative Justice in this way, we achieved the best outcome for the victim and the offender understands better the impact his actions had on the local community.