PEOPLE in North Yorkshire can have a say on how to punish people for some minor offences.

The police and crime commissioner (PCC) Julia Mulligan is running a survey before the introduction of the “Community Remedy” programme in October.

The scheme will let victims of low-level crime and anti-social disorder have more say on how the perpetrators are punished by choosing from a list of actions for the perpetrators to take - like apologising for their behaviour, repairing damage litter picking in the community.

The PCC’s survey looks for opinions on the possible punishments and rehabilitation activities.

Mrs Mulligan said: “I want to give victims of crime an opportunity to have a say in the punishment, payback and rehabilitation of offenders.

The Community Remedy will only be used by the police under certain conditions for anti-social behaviour and low-level crimes, such as graffiti, low-value theft and minor assaults without injury, Mrs Mulligan added.

It will only be used when the offence can be successfully resolved out of court with the help of professionals and the victim can choose whether or not they are involved.

The survey is open until Friday, August 15. You can view the survey and have your say by going to CommunityRemedy.