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TWO teenagers who set fire to a boat in Belper River Gardens were made to pick up litter as punishment.

The pair, aged 18 and 17, set fire to a jumper and then threw it in to a boat, causing it to set alight.

They were dealt with using Derbyshire Police’s restorative justice scheme, which allows victims to play a part in deciding a punishment as an alternative to a court appearance.

PCSO Eve Shaw, of Belper Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The youths cleared litter in the River Gardens in preparation for the judging of the East Midlands in Bloom award.

“This is a good example of restorative justice, because a positive outcome was achieved for all involved.”