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Offenders forced to clean up seafront

Whitburn and Marsden councillors Tracey Dixon, Peter Boyack and Sylvia Spraggon alongside members of the Community Payback Team.

Whitburn and Marsden councillors Tracey Dixon, Peter Boyack and Sylvia Spraggon alongside members of the Community Payback Team.

OFFENDERS spruced up a section of the seafront as part of their rehabilitation.

The fencing along the coast, and at Cornthwaite Park, was given a fresh coat of paint by a group as part of their community sentences.

The work was supervised by Northumbria Probation Trust, and received funding for materials with a £661 grant from the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum.

South Tyneside councillor Tracey Dixon was joined by fellow councillors Peter Boyack and Sylvia Spraggon, with the three delighted by the work on the scenic spot.

Coun Dixon said: “The fencing around the coastal path in Whitburn was looking worn and ready for a new coat of paint.

“I’m thrilled with the work of the team. It has really improved the overall look of the area, and I’m sure it will be appreciated by residents and visitors alike.”

Also present was Mick O’Neill, Northumbria Probation Trust community payback coordinator for South Tyneside, who added: “This is a perfect example of how offenders can add real value to communities through community payback.

“We are very pleased to work closely with South Tyneside Council and be able to help improve public areas.

“If we can help to make areas more pleasant for local people then they can make full use of the places which are rightfully theirs.

“It has also offered excellent opportunities for offenders to develop new skills that will help them gain future employment, which in turn helps to reduce reoffending.”

Bosses of the scheme say work carried out by offenders has saved some £123,647 in the last year.

 

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