A man has agreed to pay more than £2,700 to the Conservators of Ashdown Forest after damaging a number of parking signs at the forest.
Police arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage in October after receiving a report of a car park sign being pulled off a wooden post and thrown into nearby bushes.
The man later admitted causing damage to 20 parking signs at the forest.
In agreement with the Conservators of Ashdown Forest, the man was issued with a Community Resolution that required him to pay back the cost of the 20 signs he damaged. This totalled £2,752.92.
A Community Resolution is a restorative justice tool often used for low-level offences, that allows a victim and suspect to come to an agreeable solution without going through a formal court process. The terms of the Community Resolution must be agreed by both parties.
PC Pete Hall, from Sussex Police’s rural crime team, said: “There are consequences for behaviour of this kind.
“Anyone identified as being responsible for damaging or defacing signage on the forest will be dealt with.
“This particular individual has been hit with a hefty financial penalty.”
This was part of a series of incidents of damage caused to signs at Ashdown Forest, from a period starting in November last year.