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Shovelling snow to pay their debts.

CONVICTED criminals were forced to clear snow from outside a Merseyside old folks' home.

In their high-visibility orange jackets, the crooks all helped pay back their debt to society by clearing the snow and packed ice from outside George Moore Court, in Hedgecroft, Thornton.

Residents were so happy at the back-breaking work being done for them, they kept the lawbreakers in tea and biscuits.

They were just one of a number of teams of convicts out across Sefton and Knowsley helping councils clear roads and pavements around sheltered accommodation and schools.

Merseyside Probation Trust has around 90 community payback projects running at any one time.


DIG IN: Community Payback Team clearing snow and ice
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2010
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