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Offenders did a great job

PUBLISHED: 19:40 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 05 July 2010

OFFENDERS who have decorated a sports pavilion and village hall, tended a churchyard and helped two charities in the same village have been praised for doing an "absolutely fabulous job".

OFFENDERS who have decorated a sports pavilion and village hall, tended a churchyard and helped two charities in the same village have been praised for doing an “absolutely fabulous job”.

Teams of offenders ordered to do unpaid work by the courts have helped to transform the village of Corton, near Lowestoft.

The offenders, supervised by Suffolk Probation Area, originally went to Corton to decorate the changing rooms at Corton sports pavilion.

Ed Brighty, chairman of Corton Playing Fields Committee, was so impressed with their work he asked them to do the kitchen, bar area and exterior as well.

Mr Brighty then asked the offenders to carry out some ground clearance and to cut the grass at the edge of the playing fields.

By this time other organisations in the village were so impressed with the offenders' work that they asked Suffolk Probation Area to send unpaid work teams to paint the village hall, maintain the parish churchyard, collect charity bags for Bag It Up, and pick up shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse.

Mr Brighty said: “They have done an absolutely fabulous job. They all got involved and they've done really good work for the village.”

Suffolk Probation Area Chief Officer John Budd said: “I am pleased that offenders on unpaid work have made such a big contribution to the community in Corton.

“Unpaid work is a great opportunity for offenders to give something back to the communities affected by their crimes. At the same time, they learn new skills which might help them to get paid work.”

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