Ex-offenders to clean up Accrington garden as punishment

Ex-offenders to clean up Accrington garden as punishment

Ex-offenders to clean up Accrington garden as punishment

First published in East Lancashire

CRIMINALS are to take over the maintenance of an overgrown public garden in Accrington.

Offenders doing community payback will be brought in to work on the plants at the ‘garden of hope’ in Livingstone Road.

Milnshaw UKIP councillor Malcolm Pritchard instigated the scheme after the volunteers who previously tended to the site were unable to continue.

Coun Pritchard said the garden, which opened in 2007, was ‘picturesque’ but that recently it had gone to ‘rack and ruin’ because no one was looking after it.

Now, with the help of Lorraine Slater at the Lancashire Probation Trust (LPT), a group of eight people convicted of minor offences will help with the upkeep of flowers and trees.

Coun Pritchard said: “It’s an area we did up a few years ago but of the two volunteers, one has moved to Oswaldtwistle and the other has to focus on her full-time job.

“Hyndburn Council hasn’t got the resources to look after it so I approached the probation people and the community payback team are going to come down on a monthly basis to do weeding and things like that.

“There is a bench down there and it is somewhere people go to think and enjoy. I showed Lorraine around and I’m glad they’re able to help out.”

Ms Slater, the LPT’s practice manager for community payback in East Lancashire, said the group made its first visit to the site last Monday and would return to monitor it regularly.

She said: “It had become really overgrown which was a shame because there has been so much time and effort put into it.

“The people working on it will be doing between 40 and 300 hours of community service for traffic offences and other lower-level crimes.

“Malcolm approached us to see if there was any chance of us helping out and we are happy to do so.”

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12:37am Mon 14 Jul 14

barryinthailand says...

Samuel Fawcett, 19, received 300 hours community punishment and a 2 year driving ban for the offence of causing death by careless driving.

Tom Berry, a 56-year-old cyclist, suffered serious injuries in the accident which happened as he cycled on A521, Meadow Lane, Croston, near Leyland, towards the A59 on March 27 2012.
Fawcett had claimed he was temporarily blinded by the low setting sun.

Taken from http://www.roadjusti
ce.org.uk/

So low level offences then, hope you all invite Tom's family to the opening of the new "Garden of hope" I doubt you would.
Samuel Fawcett, 19, received 300 hours community punishment and a 2 year driving ban for the offence of causing death by careless driving. Tom Berry, a 56-year-old cyclist, suffered serious injuries in the accident which happened as he cycled on A521, Meadow Lane, Croston, near Leyland, towards the A59 on March 27 2012. Fawcett had claimed he was temporarily blinded by the low setting sun. Taken from http://www.roadjusti ce.org.uk/ So low level offences then, hope you all invite Tom's family to the opening of the new "Garden of hope" I doubt you would. barryinthailand
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10:41am Mon 14 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Too soft on criminals" period" that,s what is wrong with our country. All the jails are full,,so build more jails stop giving out these pathetic work in the community. Soft options do not work .Most crooks make a life from crime and you cannot rehabilitate them so why try ?
Too soft on criminals" period" that,s what is wrong with our country. All the jails are full,,so build more jails stop giving out these pathetic work in the community. Soft options do not work .Most crooks make a life from crime and you cannot rehabilitate them so why try ? noddy57
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