New Corby scheme will help victims of crime

Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds
Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds

People in Corby now have the chance to have wrongs put right locally.

Victims of crime will have a better say in how justice is done through a new scheme run by the Local Criminal Justice Board and Corby Community Safety Partnership.

It follows Government policy to better tackle anti-social behaviour and low-level crime.

The Corby work is the first of its kind in Northamptonshire and could help shape a national scheme.

Mandy Rowlatt, justice board programme manager, said: “This kind of scheme can resolve problems which are either criminal or non-criminal and open up local people’s involvement in justice.

“We also want to see more restorative justice, giving victims a greater say in the resolution of crime and remedies. We have tried this in Corby and people have liked it.”

Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “Putting victims of crime first is at the heart of what I want to achieve in Northamptonshire. Proper protection and support for victims of crime is fundamental to my vision of a reformed criminal justice system and better policing.

“People who are victims of crime must feel confident in the knowledge that they can rely on swift and sure justice, which punishes offenders properly, and that offenders face up to the causes of their behaviour.”

Adrian Lee, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire and the chairman of the Local Criminal Justice Board, said: “This approach promotes accountability by the harmer and provides an understanding of the impact of their behaviour as they hear it first-hand during their meeting with the harmed person.”

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, welcomed the scheme.

He said: “The Corby Community Safety Team is always working to increase people’s confidence regarding crime and anti-social behaviour. I hope this new work brings people together to resolve different kinds of problems.”