Group from Sheringham set to talk in parliament about restorative justice

A group of people from Sheringham are set to go to London and present evidence to parliament about how restorative justice has worked for them.

The group were asked if they would be willing to travel to London later this month and speak before The Home Affairs Select Committee, by its chair, MP Keith Vaz who said he had been very impressed with what he had heard from them.

Mr Vaz had been visiting Sheringham as part of an inquiry the committee is leading into policing reform plans. The inquiry will result in a report that makes recommendations to the government about the future of policing.

Members of the committee are visiting only four places, Sheringham, Cheshire, Yorkshire and London asking people to outline their vision for policing in the future.

At the Sheringham meeting on Saturday , which also included north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, county councillor Brian Hannah, who is the Norfolk champion for restorative justice, police and local residents outlined how restorative justice, which works an alternative to criminal prosecution bringing together offenders of low level crime and their victims to resolve the matter, had worked well in and around the town.

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Mr Vaz said: 'What you have to say here in Sheringham will have a direct impact on what the committee says to the government when the inquiry is complete. I think this has been a brilliant meeting. What you have got here, the experience you have, is something you can share.'

The committee is conducting a survey running until June 17 which can be found at:

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For a full report on the meeting, see Monday's EDP and Thursday's North Norfolk News.

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