Teenager who vandalised Darwen Tower completes repair work

Darwen Town councillor Coun Paul Browne inspects the damage

Darwen Town councillor Coun Paul Browne inspects the damage

First published in News

A TEENAGER who caused £500 of damage after daubing graffitti on the new dome at Darwen Tower has worked with a park friends group as payback for his actions.

The 16-year-old boy admitted causing the damage in March after the dome was replaced at the landmark.

Apprentice engineers at Darwen firm WEC had made the replacement after the previous one had blown off in high winds.

Last month, the youngster met with representatives from Blackburn with Darwen Council to learn about the impact the damage had on the local community and to apologise for his actions.

The council then arranged for the boy to work with the Friends of Bold Venture Park on two consecutive Saturday mornings, where he helped to weed and trim bushes.

Cheryl Furness, the police’s East Lancashire restorative justice co-ordinator, said the boy was sorry for what he had done.

She said: “The meeting gave the council the opportunity to express the extent of the damage caused by the graffiti, the cost to have it put right and the impact on the local community.

“During the meeting the boy expressed genuine remorse for his actions and was keen to do some voluntary work to make amends.”

Chairman of the Friends of Bold Venture Park Harry Duxbury said: “He did very well and helped on a couple of working parties.

“He seemed a nice, quiet lad and hopefully he will have learned something from it.”

Coun Faryad Hussain, executive member for environmental improvement and sustainability, said: “The person who causes the damage should help to put it right.

“That is what restorative justice is about and I hope he will learn the lesson that every action has a consequence.

“I am glad he was remorseful and hopefully he will not do anything like this again.”

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12:51pm Sat 24 Nov 12

allan1957 says...

He or his parents should have been made to pay for the repairs
He or his parents should have been made to pay for the repairs allan1957
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1:18pm Sat 24 Nov 12

darwenTower says...

Let's have some credit where it's due.

He's come forward, shown remorse and made some amends.
Let's have some credit where it's due. He's come forward, shown remorse and made some amends. darwenTower
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10:39am Sun 25 Nov 12

Black Car Guy. says...

allan1957 wrote:
He or his parents should have been made to pay for the repairs
I bet his parents are proud of him. I wonder if his parents are on benifts?
[quote][p][bold]allan1957[/bold] wrote: He or his parents should have been made to pay for the repairs[/p][/quote]I bet his parents are proud of him. I wonder if his parents are on benifts? Black Car Guy.
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5:39pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Andrea2009 says...

What does his parents being on benefits have to do with it , the lad did wrong and did something to make it right, kids from all backgrounds do wrong its one of them things they hopefully learn from , but to make out that his family must have been on benefits for him to do such a thing is saying any parent on benefits child will go wrong , If your kids have never done wrong your lucky or maybe your just silly to believe it cause there aint no perfect kids out there
What does his parents being on benefits have to do with it , the lad did wrong and did something to make it right, kids from all backgrounds do wrong its one of them things they hopefully learn from , but to make out that his family must have been on benefits for him to do such a thing is saying any parent on benefits child will go wrong , If your kids have never done wrong your lucky or maybe your just silly to believe it cause there aint no perfect kids out there Andrea2009
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1:01pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Hendog says...

Judging form the picture, that young lad has had one hell of a paper round
Judging form the picture, that young lad has had one hell of a paper round Hendog
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8:21am Tue 27 Nov 12

EX-Pat Local Man says...

So this young lout is sorry for the damage he caused to our towns heritage. A few sessions helping out the friends of the parks etc, and it makes everything all right does it. Utter rubbish, a dam good shock would work, NAME AND SHAME him, put him to work in the town centre, cleaning, sweeping, a few days hard graft in the public view. If i had done owt like that as a kid, my dad would have seen to it I didnt sit down for a week. FIRM but Fair. Little ock. Stop his parents benefits (if there on them that is) its time to stop being namby pamby with folk, human rights, my backside, what about some pride in were you live. Its people that build communitys and thats whats needed these days more community spirit. Well done Paul Browne, dislike your politics mate, but admire your commitment to Darwen. NAME AND SHAME THIS KID
So this young lout is sorry for the damage he caused to our towns heritage. A few sessions helping out the friends of the parks etc, and it makes everything all right does it. Utter rubbish, a dam good shock would work, NAME AND SHAME him, put him to work in the town centre, cleaning, sweeping, a few days hard graft in the public view. If i had done owt like that as a kid, my dad would have seen to it I didnt sit down for a week. FIRM but Fair. Little ock. Stop his parents benefits (if there on them that is) its time to stop being namby pamby with folk, human rights, my backside, what about some pride in were you live. Its people that build communitys and thats whats needed these days more community spirit. Well done Paul Browne, dislike your politics mate, but admire your commitment to Darwen. NAME AND SHAME THIS KID EX-Pat Local Man
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