Offenders’ payback time

About to start work: Elio Oliveira, Gareth Nolan, Nigel Harris, Sheila Bristow, Gary Taylor, Linda Woodger, Geoff Rogan and Darren O'Mahony.
About to start work: Elio Oliveira, Gareth Nolan, Nigel Harris, Sheila Bristow, Gary Taylor, Linda Woodger, Geoff Rogan and Darren O'Mahony.
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OFFENDERS have been helping to tidy up the river bank in Spalding and a number of other spots across the district as part of their court punishments.

The criminals have been taking part in Lincolnshire Probation Trust’s Community Payback scheme - with their work part-funded by South Holland District Council out of ward members’ individual budgets.

They have been gardening and tidying up communal areas at council sheltered housing in Sutton Bridge, Long Sutton and Weston as well as renovating and replacing benches on the riverbank at Spalding.

Coun Gary Taylor, ward councillor for Spalding Castle, said the benches had been highlighted by residents as a problem and praised the work carried out.

Coun Taylor said: “Residents want to see offenders giving something back to their community and I agree. It’s vital that the public see that we are taking action and justice must be seen to be done and this should also be a deterrent to would-be offenders.”

Coun Christine Lawton added: “They have worked well, and to a high standard, and we will continue to use the Community Payback teams to tidy-up and improve our communal open spaces.”