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Blackburn and Darwen criminals give 10,000 hours of payback to society
5:00pm Thursday 18th October 2012 in News
MORE than 10,000 hours of community service have been completed by criminals in Blackburn with Darwen in the past six months.
Since April 2012, the community has benefited from £62,000 of free labour, equating to those hours being paid at minimum wage.
A recent project completed by the community payback team, is the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee biological heritage site in Feniscowles and Pleasington War Memorial Recreation Ground.
Supervised by Lancashire Probation Trust, offenders cut hedges, picked litter, strimmed over-grown vegetation and removed ragwort.
Brian White, chairman of the Jubilee heritage site, said: “It’s a good thing that offenders can do work in the community to pay back for their crimes. I think it helps them as they can learn new skills instead of being pushed away into jail.”
Community Payback is a sentence passed by the court which allows convicted criminals to repay their debt to society by working for free to improve their local area.
David Luke, Lancashire Probation Trust supervisor, said: “Offenders wear hi-visibility vests when they carry out the work that makes it clear they are completing rigorous community payback.
“They are carrying out demanding work and at the same time we are able to teach offenders new skills.”
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