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Offenders are clearing the highways; Letters

IN reply to Ted Thompson's letter of April 27 about highway litter and community service: Community Payback (formerly called community service) has been running in England and Wales for over 40 years.

Last year, across Coventry and Warwickshire, offenders sentenced in court to Community Payback did over 110,000 hours of unpaid work. This equates to over PS600,000 worth of free labour provided to local communities as offenders pay back for the crimes they have committed.

Across Coventry and Warwickshire, offenders wearing hi-vis orange jackets do litterpicking on verges by main roads, they clear towpaths, paint subways, decorate and renovate community halls, faith group buildings and schools. All this goes on seven days a week, come rain or come shine.

If they fail to turn up, they can be returned to the court, where magistrates can send them to prison or give them extra hours' work.

For more information about Community Payback, please see our website www.warwickshireprobation. where you can also nominate a project to be worked on by offenders doing their Community Payback. Or you can follow @daveupw on Twitter.

Penny Smith, Unit manager, Coventry & Warwickshire Community Payback Unit.
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Title Annotation:Letters; Teasers
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 7, 2013
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