FOUR teenage fire-starters who damaged trees at a Solihull beauty spot are to carry out a clean-up operation at the park.
Several mature trees were damaged in the arson attacks earlier this summer in Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve and, though none were destroyed, wardens feared it could have been much worse.
Neighbourhood police officers tracked the offenders – three girls and a boy all aged 16 and from the local area – after finding a mobile phone dropped by one of them at the scene.
And as part of a Community Resolution – an initiative bringing offenders and victims together to agree suitable punishments – the youths will return to the Reserve on Sunday (Sept 19) for a day’s work.
Elmdon Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant Carol Alldred, said: “They’ll spend the day generally tidying the area, collecting any litter, and cutting back tree branches to prepare them for winter. They’ll also be given a talk on the history of the Reserve and the affect the damage has on nature and its volunteers.”
Since being introduced in April last year 17,000 offences in the West Midlands have been dealt with using Community Resolutions – that represents about six per cent of recorded crime.
Of those there has been around 1,100 in Solihull, and 355 since April 2010.