A PROJECT which started in Bradford - and gave victims of crime the chance to meet offenders - has been rolled out county-wide.

The first ever West Yorkshire restorative justice programme was commissioned by the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, through £900,000 of funding over three years.

The aim is to achieve positive steps in a victim’s recovery and prevent further offending. 

Wednesday's launch, at Batley Town Hall, saw victims of crime speak about their experiences.

The PCC said: “There is clear evidence of the difference this approach has made and I have worked extremely hard over recent years to reach this vision in conjunction with police and key partners. 

"It is important that victims experience the same level of support wherever they live in the county and have the opportunity to play a part in the way their cases are handled."

Gary Stephenson, Chief Executive, Restorative Solutions CIC, the company which runs the project, said: "Restorative Solutions are an experienced provider and have pioneered many initiatives using Restorative Justice over the last fifteen years. 

“The service was first developed in Bradford and is now available across West Yorkshire.

“If you have been a victim of a crime in West Yorkshire you can learn more by visiting www.rjwestyorkshire.org.uk or you can contact our service on 0800 783 1550.”