Former criminal meets police and council chiefs to launch project for Hartlepool victims

Volunteers meet with police, council and key agencies for project launch
Volunteers meet with police, council and key agencies for project launch

A FORMER criminal came face-to-face with police and council chiefs to help launch a new Hartlepool project aimed at enabling the victims of crime and their perpetrators to move on with their lives.

Peter Woolf, 51, has spent more than half of his adult life in prison following a catalogue of offences. But the reformed heroin addict from London has turned his life around after embracing restorative justice.

His visit to Hartlepool coincided with the launch of the town’s Restore Project, under the Safer Hartlepool Partnership banner, which aims to bring the victims of crime and those who harmed them together to help them to move on with their lives.

Twelve residents have been trained as volunteers to work with victims of crime and offenders and they are Tara Davison, Adelle Sutheran, Stephen Oliver, Laura Brown, Peter McCormack, Barry Nicholson, Pauline Hogarth, Rosie Dawkins, Bethany Grimwood, Sarah Lewis, Ashleigh Kay and Nigel Anderson.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who are going to give up their time to work with victims of crime and offenders.”

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner with Cleveland Police, said: “It provides an excellent opportunity to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and conflict in our communities and I welcome the project wholeheartedly.”

For details about the Restore Project call Sally Forth on (01642) 302589.