Scheme to ‘show jus­tice in action’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

OF­FEND­ERS sen­tenced to carry out un­paid work in pub­lic ar­eas are now wear­ing high vis­i­bil­ity jack­ets.

The scheme, which be­gan in Ash­ford on Mon­day, is part of a na­tional scheme to im­prove pub­lic con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem.

Peo­ple or­dered to do com­mu­nity work are hav­ing to wear bright or­ange jack­ets branded with the Com­mu­nity Pay­back logo.

They are cur­rently re­mov­ing graf­fiti from around Ash­ford and work­ing to im­prove the Wye Cy­cle track by clear­ing rub­bish and paint­ing re­cy­cling bins.

Rita Hock­ley, Com­mu­nity Pay­back op­er­a­tions man­ager, said: “Of­fend­ers are pay­ing back for their crimes in a way that is highly vis­i­ble to the pub­lic, en­abling jus­tice to be seen to be done.”

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